Your air conditioner can increase your electricity costs by up to 60%, but you can reduce the impact of your AC by making some easy adjustments around your home. Follow these 7 easy steps and you’ll stay cooler without having to spend a fortune on bills.
1. Investing in a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat is a huge money-saver that in many cases will easily pay for itself in a single season.
Essentially it never forgets to shut off the system when you’re away, or adjust the temperature when you can get away with it. There are some exciting new systems out there that allow you to manage the temperature in your home from your smartphone. This helps save on running costs for example by turning on your Air Conditioner half an hour before you get home.
A thermostat stops the compressor when the temperature in your home reaches a comfortable level, keeping the unit from working harder and using more energy. For maximum savings, set your programmable thermostat to a higher temperature when you are not at home and lower it to 25° Celsius (78° Fahrenheit) when you’re indoors. If 25° sounds too hot, remember that your AC also removes a lot of the humidity from your air, so it will actually feel much cooler.
2. Clean Your AC Filters Regularly
This is the second most important thing you can do to reduce your electricity bills.
Even if your home is kept clean, natural dust and hair accumulation can clog your filter, making your air conditioning unit use more power to reach the temperature you set. This can increase your electricity bills drastically, so replace your filters every few weeks.
3. Close All The Vents In The Lower Areas Of Your House
In your home, you may have noticed that the second story is the hardest part of your home to keep cool. Meanwhile, your basement always seems to be cooler. Closing all the vents in lower areas of your home will redirect the cold air to warmer areas and keep the temperatures more even without consuming more energy.
4. Use Ceiling Fans for Air Circulation
Ceiling fans help offset the natural tendency for cool air to fall. If you’re trying to save energy by keeping your home set to a slightly warmer temperature, they’re a great way to keep air circulating air while using much less energy. They can actually also make you feel up to 8 degrees cooler because they keep the air moving – it’s like a fresh breeze inside your home.
5. Schedule an HVAC Check Up Annually
HVAC technicians inspect and service the unit to ensure that it operates efficiently. They remove accumulated dust or build up, check for defects, service the system, replace air filters if necessary and address problems that would otherwise turn into expensive repairs and replacements. Schedule a check up annually and you’ll increase the energy efficiency of your unit and lengthen the life of your air conditioning system.
6. Seal Crevices and Cracks
You don’t have to be super handy to use a caulking gun for sealing up the cracks and crevices around doors and windows. This prevents the cold air from escaping and keeps the warm hot air outside. Installing “do-it-yourself” weather stripping for your doors will also help prevent cold air from escaping.
7. Closing the Blinds
Everyone knows that a car gets extremely hot when parked in the sun, but what most people don’t know is that the same thing happens to your home. This is due to the sunlight entering through windows and heating up the space inside. Having blinds and drapes closed on any windows facing the west and south sides of your home will prevent extra heat from entering. This saves paying for the extra air conditioning to remove the unnecessary heat entering your home.
Keep Cooling Costs Lower
With a little bit of effort, you can reduce the cooling costs for any kind of air conditioning system.