Summer is here! While that’s cause for celebration for many reasons, hot weather can have you stressing over your energy bill – all thanks to your air conditioner.
We’re here to tell you that you can run your AC and still find ways to lower your electric bills and save energy. Follow these tips to see consistently lower utility bills and help out the environment.
- Set your thermostat high. Figure out the highest temperature that allows you to exist comfortably in your home, then set your thermostat to that number. If you set your thermostat 10-15 degrees higher than what you’ve grown accustomed to for at least 8 hours, you can save up to 10% on your energy bill.
- Minimize the sun. If the sun is shining into your home, it’ll warm the area and make your AC work harder. When the sun is at its highest, close the curtains in order to keep it out – this will help your AC consume less power while keeping your home cooler.
- Insulate your home. If your house is on the older side, it may be poorly insulated. In a poorly insulated home, you’re more likely to find cracks and insufficient seals. To check the status of your insulation, get an energy audit done.
- Clean your air filters. Over time, the air filters on your AC system will collect dust, dirt, and debris. These substances restrict air flow and make your system work harder than it should, which then uses more energy and raises your bill. Instead of waiting for your air filters to become ultra-clogged, make it a regular occurrence (every 30-90 days) to clean and change them.
- Schedule maintenance. You should get air conditioning service done every year to make sure that your system is running optimally. Professionals like us at Twin Rivers will clear your drains, check refrigerant levels, clean essential parts, and more, all to keep your system working efficiently and lower your energy usage.
- Replace your old unit. If your AC unit is over 10 years old, replacing it would most likely benefit you. Older units tend to require more costly repairs, and they are generally less efficient than newer models.
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