With summer here, it’s safe to say your air conditioner will be getting a lot of use over the next few months. If you’re not careful, your energy bills can also skyrocket during the summer season, depending on your AC habits. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prevent this from happening. Keep reading to learn how to cut your air conditioning costs this summer, and make sure to hire our skilled HVAC technicians at Roby services for all your AC installation and repair needs.
The Top 5 Ways to Cut Summer AC Costs:
- Adjust Your Thermostat Setting: Many people assume that when summer arrives you should turn down your thermostat to account for the increased temperatures. However, this is not actually the case. It’s best to keep your thermostat setting a little higher throughout the summer months, ideally somewhere around 78 degrees. This will help to offset the cost of your increased AC usage, and balance temperatures throughout your home. If you have a smart thermostat, you may also be able to program it to learn your home’s specific needs.
- Use Your Ceiling Fans: At the height of summer, when temperatures get dangerously high, nothing but air conditioning will do to cool you down. However, at night or other times it’s somewhat cooler out, you should try relying on your ceiling fans rather than your AC unit. By balancing AC and fan usage, you can maintain a comfortable temperature in your home without worrying about your energy bill spiking. And not only are fans a great way to cut costs and stay cool at the same time, they also spread air around your room in a way your AC cannot.
- Insulate Your Home from Outside Temperatures: It’s been estimated that Americans lose roughly 25% of their cooling power every year due to poor insulation, so if you have not had your attic/insulation looked at in awhile, it’s a good idea to have a professional inspect it. However, there are other things you should be doing to lock in temperatures inside your home, too. Sealing and weather-stripping doors and windows, for instance, goes a long way towards preventing air from leaking out through various cracks and holes. You should also close blinds, curtains, and shades whenever possible, as those sun rays coming through your windows can make your home as much as 45% hotter, thus forcing your air conditioner to work much harder (which, of course, also leads to higher bills.)
- Let Your Air Conditioner Run When You Leave for the Day: We know it may be strange on a list about saving money to suggest you let your AC run when you are not home, yet turning your air conditioner on before you leave for the day may actually save you money in the summer. Consider that when you come home after a long, hot day, and immediately crank your AC setting as low as it will go, your system will have to expend more energy trying to cool down your space as fast as possible. However, if you leave for the day with your AC system set at a reasonable 72 degrees, your home will already be comfortable by the time you walk in the door later, and you won’t have to waste money overexerting your air conditioner to cool down your space faster.
- Call a Technician Whenever You Are Experiencing a Problem: Like most home maintenance issues, the longer you wait to deal with AC problems, the worse they are likely to get. Do not hesitate to call Roby Services as soon as you have a problem with your air conditioner. From strange smells and noises, to sudden leaks, to total system failures, our AC techs will do everything in their power to ensure your equipment runs smoothly and keeps you cool all summer long.