Summer is the season of fun and festivity along with family picnics and tons of outdoor activities. Despite summer being a great time, it is also a time of high temperatures and unfortunately, high energy bills. Let’s look at some simple tips to save you money during the scorching heat of summer.
Adjust Thermostat Settings
A major portion of your energy bills this summer are related to how often your air conditioner works. The lower you set it, the harder your AC unit must work to cool down your home. So, to save money on energy bills, try setting it has high as possible and still be comfortable. If you and your family are out of the house for work or school, set the thermostat even higher for even more savings.
Alternatively, consider a “smart” thermostat which can be programmed through WIFI even if you are away from home. This type of thermostat will also allow you set predetermined temperature set points based on time of day or date.
Instead of setting your AC unit’s temperature so low, consider using ceiling fans. This will allow you set the temperature a bit higher and still be comfortable. Also, your ceiling fan uses much less energy resulting in more savings. You can also consider various portable fans to use while working in different areas of your home.
Doors and Windows
Another way to save on energy bills this summer is to ensure your doors and windows are closed while the AC is running during the summer. Having the windows and doors open while its warm outside will make your unit harder than necessary. Alternatively, in cooler climates, some may want to open their windows at night before you going to bed. Please note you would only want to do this outside of the really hot weather. Opening windows at night can bring in excessive moisture that can make the unit work that much harder on high demand days.
Another important aspect of lowering your energy bills this summer involves maintaining your AC unit so that it operates efficiently. Make sure your AC unit, vents, and registers are free from dust and other debris. Clean your air filters or install new ones. In addition, call one of our service techs to perform internal maintenance on your AC unit so that it operates as efficiently as possible this summer.
Enjoying the summer while saving money on energy bills has never been easier with these tips. Remember to contact the experts on our team if you ever need help following these tips or if your AC unit needs maintenance work done. We are here to help you get more out of your AC unit.