Do you hear that? That's the sound of your air conditioner constantly running and your bank account depleting! According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating and cooling can account for almost half of your home’s energy use. Don’t let your AC bills put a damper on your fun summer plans. Try out some of the following ideas to reduce your energy bills this summer.
Dress your windows. Window coverings can block 70% of solar energy before it gets into the house. First, consider adding solid curtains or blinds to keep sunlight and heat out. Your air conditioner won’t work so hard and you’ll save big on your bills.
Program the thermostat. There’s no reason to have your air conditioner running on high all day when you’re not at home. Setting it 5-10 degrees higher at night or when you’re not home can help you save 5-15% on your monthly air conditioning bills. Smart thermostats automatically program themselves. Another strategy is to simply set your indoor temperature a few degrees higher. According to the Dept. of Energy, raising your indoor air from 72 to 78 degrees can save up to 18% on your energy bill.
Use a fan. A ceiling or floor fan maximizes the efficiency of your AC unit by circulating cool air throughout the house.
Go downstairs. If your basement is finished and liveable, consider spending more time downstairs. Heat rises, and your basement typically stays 10-15 degrees cooler than the rest of your house. Make sure you keep your basement windows closed on a hot day to avoid increasing the humidity levels in your home.
Avoid cooking indoors. Skip the stovetop cooking, or baking in the oven to avoid adding tons of extra heat in your home. Opt for barbecuing outside or eating a crisp, refreshing salad to stay cool.
Replace or maintain your AC. Changing your air conditioner filter is one of the easiest ways to keep your unit working efficiently. Also, if you have an older air conditioner, it might be time to replace it with a more energy-efficient one, which can cut your costs by up to 50%. Now that's a good reason to upgrade!
Are you experiencing issues with your AC? Or want to keep it working in tip-top shape? A.B. May is here to help! For all of your air conditioning needs, give us a call at 913-370-4898 to schedule service.