Utility bills in spring and summer usually climb, but they don’t have to.
Check your insulation.
Ever wonder why you keep turning up the air conditioning, but your home doesn’t seem to be getting cooler, so you drive it up some more? This could be because you must upgrade or repair your home’s insulation. If cool air is leaving your home because of poor insulation, you will be more inclined to turn up the air conditioning, costing you more and more money. Invest in repairing or upgrading your insulation to prevent throwing money out the window on high energy bills.
Replace air filters.
Failing to maintain your air filters properly can cause all kinds of headaches. Not only will you see a decline in the air quality in your home, but you will also see an increase in your energy bill. As the filter gets increasingly congested with lint, hair, and other unhealthy particles, the air conditioning units have to work harder to cool your home. The harder the air conditioning units have to work, the more energy it use. Remember, less energy used means more money in your wallet.
Turn on the fan.
Air conditioners aren’t the only way to cool your home. During the heat of summer, try relying on fans in your residence to cool the air. Fans don’t require as much energy as a traditional air conditioning unit. Additionally, it is much easier to remember to turn the fan on and off when leaving home for an extended period.
Set your thermostat strategically.
You don’t have to have your thermostat cranked down to 70 degrees to stay cool in the summer. We’ve previously recommended setting your thermostat to 78 degrees during warm months. Or, if you take a weekend trip or are gone for an extended time, turn your AC unit off.
Consider replacing your HVAC.
If you have an older HVAC unit, you could be paying way more for less efficient cooling. If you have room in your budget, an investment in upgrading your HVAC could end up saving you down the line. The new Trane TruComfort™ variable speed air conditioning unit is one of the most efficient systems on the market.
At A&R Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning, we have a team of experts at your service, only a phone call away. We can assist as you perform seasonal maintenance on your air conditioning unit, such as cleaning, inspections, and repairs. For more information on how to contact our team, pick up the phone and call us at (806) 372-1572.