It’s the time of the year again. The scorching summer heat can really get uncomfortable, and most of us would probably consider a central air conditioner installation at home. Problem solved? Most probably, yes. But the price of the comfort you are experiencing now can be quite expensive . In fact, statistics show that air conditioning can go up to 27% of home energy expenditures in the United States, costing around $525 on average.
The good news is that you can still enjoy the comforts of having an air conditioner at home to beat the summer heat while preventing your energy bills from going off the charts! Here are the ways to help you lower your AC costs this summer:
USE THE CEILING FAN
Did you know that running your ceiling fan together with your air conditioning system can actually lower the cost of your energy bills? The “wind chill effect” due to the air movement helps cool down the environment and raise the thermostat by around 5 degrees! The fan can also relieve some of the burden on your air conditioning system’s battle against the summer heat which can significantly decrease the chances of unexpected repair costs.
AVOID HEAT BUILD UPS
Minimize or completely turn off appliances inside your home that emit a lot of heat like stove, oven, and even your television and computer. They put more burden on your air conditioning system, and at the same time these appliances also contribute to your energy bills that you like to lower in the first place. You can try other alternatives like cooking and grilling outside while enjoying the summer! You can also consider scheduling the usage of your appliances by not using them all at the same time, and also during nighttime.
BLOCK DIRECT SUNLIGHT INTO YOUR HOME
Aside from minimizing and managing the heat-emitting appliances and activities inside your home, you should also be wary of the heat coming from the outside. Block direct sunlight from coming inside your home by closing the blinds and curtains. You can also invest in window films to enjoy natural light while blocking off those harmful UV rays.
INVEST IN A PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT
A programmable thermostat can make your air conditioning system smart and efficient. This can significantly reduce unnecessary energy consumptions, and makes the adjustments automated and convenient at the same time.You can learn more about this awesome piece of technology from your trusted air conditioning contractor.
CLEAN AND MAINTAIN YOUR AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM
Battling out the summer heat can wear out your air conditioning system. It is important to take care of your air conditioner just like how it took care of you and made you comfortable inside your home. Make sure that the AC filters are clean as well. Dirty AC filters block airflow and makes it harder for your unit to cool your home. Cleaning and replacing filters once a month will lower an AC’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%.
Need some help regarding your AC-related concerns? You may contact your most trusted air conditioning contractor for assistance. TriCity Heating & Air Conditioning will always be ready for your central air conditioner installation, repair and maintenance, and any other AC-related concerns 24/7! Give us a call at 970-669-1772 (Loveland) or 970-493-0126 (Fort Collins).