When temperatures outside begin to run high during the summertime, electric bills tend to do the same. HVAC systems begin to work harder to take in air and cool it down for your use, and having the heat of the sun shining into your home can make the place even hotter. Fortunately, there are several ways in which you can lower your summer electric bill with alternative or more eco-friendly air conditioning measures. These measures can also help your AC run more efficiently.
Block the Sun
The sun’s heat can be stifling in the summer, even if you’re indoors. So try closing your windows and covering them with curtains, blinds and drapes, or installing new opaque ones that will block out the light of the sun. Thermal curtains will reflect the light and prevent it from entering your home, helping you avoid a high summer electric bill.
Use An Energy-Efficient Thermostat
Many modern or “smart” thermostats have programmable options that allow you to control when the air conditioning turns on and off. Tinkering with these settings can keep your AC from cooling your home when it doesn’t need to. Also, many modern thermostats have settings approved by the Department of Energy that can make your air conditioner more efficient. They will save energy and thereby lower your electric bill.
Ceiling fans and plug-in area fans can lower the temperature of a room by several degrees simply by recirculating the still, warm air that is currently present. If you can stay cool by simply turning on a fan, your HVAC unit won’t have to work as hard to cool down air and circulate it throughout the home. By using a fan, you can typically run your AC at a higher temperature while still feeling comfortable.
Open the Windows When It’s Cool
Summer nights are typically cooler than days, even if not by much. Turning off your AC at night and opening your windows (and maybe turning on a fan to circulate the air coming in from outside) can significantly lower the temperature of your home for the hours in which you are asleep.
Keep the Lights Off
Electric lights produce a lot of heat along with providing illumination. But oftentimes, the daytime sun will be bright enough that you can rely on it rather than on lights in your home. Turning off electric lights during the day can help you save money on energy while also keeping your home cool through the elimination of excess heat.
Remember That Heat Rises
If you’re having trouble keeping your home cool and your home has multiple stories, target the upper stories with fans, and keep room doors closed to minimize the space that a fan or AC unit has to keep cool.
Check Your Air Filter
If your AC is working harder than it should, it could be because you have dirty filters that need to be changed out. This is a task that should be done every 1-3 months, and it can solve problems with your AC and lower your bill.
Keep Your HVAC Unit In Good Shape
Your outdoor heating and cooling unit has to deal with the elements all the time. It can rust, parts can break and outdoor debris like twigs and leaves can collect in it. All of these factors can decrease its efficiency and cause problems with your air conditioner. And if your HVAC unit isn’t working properly, it may be time to get a new one installed.
Get An AC Tune-Up
If your HVAC unit hasn’t been checked recently, it may be time to do that. Getting a tune-up or repair can mean air conditioner improvements that will lower your AC bill. If you want to save money on your electric bill this summer by using an efficient AC unit, we’re here to help with 24/7 service and preventative maintenance plans. Contact us today!