With the onset of summer comes a noticeable uptick in electric bills for everyone with an air conditioning system in their home. HVAC systems actually account for 54% of your utility bill; more than any other system in your home.
However, there are several ways to cut down on AC costs as the temperature rises, and you can implement most of them without breaking the bank or melting in the heat:
Replace old AC units: Replacement costs keep many people running back to their ancient AC units year after year. However, it may be costing you more to keep that old machine in the long run. Many newer models are labeled with Energy Star ratings and are designed to be more energy efficient than their predecessors. Energy Star products use up to 50% less energy than other manufacturers.
Replace air filters: Dirty or clogged air filters can disrupt the airflow from your heating and air conditioning systems and spread dust and allergens into the air of your home. Replace your filters at least once a month so your air conditioner can work more efficiently.
Be strategic about heat circulation: During the summer, heat rises to the highest points in your home, including second floors and ceilings. Don’t let that air sit up there only to sink back down the second you switch off the AC. Invest in ceiling or standing fans to move air around the room or out of the house. Your AC won’t have to work as hard and your home will be much cooler.
Protect heating and air units: You’re not the only one that needs shade in the summer, Your air conditioning unit does too. Consider awnings or trees to keep your unit out of the sun. This reduces energy consumption and allows your unit to operate efficiently. Just be careful of branches or leaves that might get sucked into the system and cause damage.
Get a programmable thermostat: With a programmable thermostat, you can control your home’s heating and air conditioning systems even when you’re not there. Figure out when you need the most cool air and program the air conditioning to switch off when you don’t. This is especially useful for people who work during the day and only need cool air when they come home. A properly programmed thermostat can save you as much as $180 every year in energy costs.
Heating and air conditioning contractors can give you even more tips on how to keep your system energy efficient. Consider HVAC repair services if your bills are still high even after you implement these tips.