For many of us, air conditioning feels more like a necessity rather than a luxury. Being indoors all summer in the stifling heat doesn’t sound like anyone’s idea of a vacation. However, once your monthly utility bill arrives in the mail, the total cost of running your air conditioner can be jaw-dropping. The following tips can help you stay cool all summer long without going broke.
Raise the Thermostat
Going up as little as one degree or two can make a substantial difference in your energy savings. A programmable thermostat is also a wise investment. Set the temperature to increase by five degrees when you’re at work or go on a vacation. You can also switch to window units instead of using central air. If you’re just trying to cool down a couple of rooms, a window unit is typically sufficient and requires less watts to run.
Install Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans use very little energy and drop the temperature in a room via a wind chill effect. During extremely hot days, they may not be enough to keep you cool, but the fans allow you to adjust your thermostat up a few degrees.
Not maintaining your central air system in your home will put an eventual drain on your wallet. Each month air filters must be changed to improve airflow through the system. Ductwork should be examined to check for any leaks. The ducts may need resealing work to prevent air from escaping. Air conditioning systems over 10 years old should be replaced with a modern, energy-efficient model.
Keeping the shades and curtains drawn can help keep the indoors cooler during the day. Light-colored window treatments are typically the most reflective. Planting trees and other greenery around your home can also naturally block the sun’s unforgiving rays.
Following these simple steps can create more room in your budget for summer fun. For professional furnace repair or ac repair, contact Access Heating and Air today !