There are a number of ways to save on your utility bills this summer and to put less stress on your air conditioner. One way is to keep cold air in your home and to spend less by utilizing your windows.
Utilize Natural Ventilation
The best way to save wear and tear on your ac system and to lower your utility bills is to open your windows when the outdoor temperature is cooler than your home. Then, when it begins to heat up, you should shut your windows and any curtains or blinds that are in the sun to help keep the sun and the heat out.
Program Your Thermostat to Save You Money
You should also make sure that your thermostat is operating efficiently. In other words, you want to set your thermostat higher so that your AC unit will not have to kick in quite as often. When you are on vacation or away from home during the day because you are at work you can keep your home even warmer. If this sounds like a lot of work you can always use a programmable thermostat to make it easy for you. If you don’t already have one, you will want to call up your HVAC technician to put one in for you. It will help you effortlessly save money over the year.
Use Those Ceiling Fans
You can also use fans to help circulate the air in your home and to keep you comfortable. Ceiling fans are very useful to have and can actually change the temperature in your home while keeping you comfortable. Many ceiling fans are Energy Star compliant as well. They use very little energy to run which means more savings for you.
Get Regular Maintenance
It is very important to have your air conditioner regularly serviced as well to keep it running smoothly and also to avoid unnecessary breakdowns. It is a good idea to get your air conditioning unit serviced in the spring and to have it serviced for the winter if you live in an area that gets cold in the winter.
Keep Your AC Clean
You should also keep dirt and debris away from your unit, and that includes leaves, bushes, plants, and weeds. If you have a tree that loses its leaves near your air conditioner you need to make sure that they are raked up and you may also need to trim any tall grass that may be around it. You can also reduce the strain on your air conditioner by reducing the temperature if you can by not using the oven on hot days or by turning off lights when you are not using them. You can also wash your clothes on a cold cycle and hang laundry up to dry to reduce the amount of time that appliances are running. Pretty much every appliance, and light bulbs, will put off a little heat that can all add up. Even a couple of degrees can make your air conditioner work harder to keep your home cool and comfortable.
For more information about air conditioner tips or energy efficiency, reach out to AirOne Heating and Air Conditioning, your local San Marcos air conditioning and ventilation experts.