It's common to see your electricity costs rise in the summer when it's time to switch on the air conditioning. But you shouldn't have to pay an arm and a leg for cool comfort during the hottest months. Read on to learn the best ways to save money on your air conditioning this summer.
If You Have Central Air:
Invest in a programmable thermostat. If you have central air that's controlled by a thermostat, it's never a good idea to just set it and forget about it. A programmable thermostat can help you by automatically turning your home's temperature up during the day when no one is in the house. And then you can set it to start cooling a few minutes before you're expected home
Get your unit checked out regularly. An annual checkup can save you money and trouble in the long run. An HVAC technician can diagnose any issues with your unit before they turn into major problems. The technician can also replace any parts that may be wearing out and can clean your filter.
If You Have A Window Unit:
Keep it clean. Regularly clean out the air filter to make sure that your unit is running at peak efficiency. A unit with a dirty filter will use more energy. Change the air filter at least once a summer, and check on it every month.
Cool one room at a time. A window unit is cheaper and requires less energy than a central air system, and this way, you can only cool occupied areas. If you spend most of your time in your living room, cool that room during the day, and then turn off the living room unit and cool your bedroom when you're ready to sleep. This way you won't be using any extra energy.
If You're In The Market For A New Unit:
Whether you're buying a window unit or a central air system, always look for the Energy Star label. This label will assure you that you're buying one of the most energy-efficient models on the market. Many times they'll use between 10 and 20% less energy than a non-Energy Star unit, which will save you big bucks in the long run.
To talk more about what option is best for your home, connect with our team today!
-A R Engh Team