During the summer heat, it is essential to remember what goes on behind the scenes when you turn your AC as low as possible to avoid sweating in your home. Unfortunately, while it may cool you down, it also increases your utility bill.
Fortunately, with these few simple tips, you can avoid spending all your money on your AC bills. Try these money saving tips to see what a difference they’ll make!
What Should You Do with Your Thermostat?
You might be under the impression that you should turn off your AC when you leave the house saves money. However, this does the complete opposite. When you return home, your house will be so hot that your AC will have to use even more energy to cool it down.
Instead, consider maintaining the optimum temperature recommended by the Energy Star program.
- 78 degrees when you are home and awake
- 85 degrees when you are away
- 82 degrees when you sleep
Even minor adjustments will save you the most on your energy bill. To get used to these recommendations, you can also try adjusting your thermostat by a few degrees at a time until you are comfortable.
When Did You Last Replace Your Air Filter?
While you’re getting the maintenance and any repairs taken care of, you should change your filter. It only costs you ~ $30 for the replacement, but it helps to improve air quality and air flow, while helping to prevent costly repairs to your AC unit.
What About Fans in Your Attic?
Fans are probably the most obvious solution to get you good air circulation, but they’re still effective. Beyond the fans in your attic, you can set them up around your house to ensure proper airflow and save you money on your AC cost.
What About Everyday Cooling Tips to Beat the Heat?
Your daily activities will make a big difference in how cool your house is every day. Here are a few tips to keep your home cool and comfortable while saving you money on utility bills.
- Close your blinds during the day to keep the heat out.
- Leave your interior doors open to keep the air moving.
- Use LEDs or fluorescent lighting to save money and reduce heat in your house.
- Grill outside occasionally to reduce the heat indoors and get that grilling flavor.
- Work on your daily chores during the cooler parts of the day to keep the heat at bay.
Even these simple changes to your daily activities can make a difference of up to 15% in your energy usage.
How Can A&R Mechanical Help You Beat the Heat?
You must get regular tune-ups to your Air Conditioning unit. Like getting regular check-ups with a doctor to keep healthy, you should call in a licensed AC technician to ensure it’s functioning properly. Our experienced AC technicians at A&R Mechanical will assess your unit, fix any issues, and ensure it’s ready to perform at optimal efficiency. We’ll help to keep you cool even on the hottest days.