Heating and cooling systems constitute a substantial fraction of the electric energy that you use in your home. So, taking the right steps to reduce energy waste goes a long way in helping you spend less on your utility bills. Knowing this helps you place the right emphasis on your efforts to cut cooling costs.
5 Ways to cut cooling costs this summer
1. Failing to clean/change AC filters
Experts recommend changing filters on your home AC system at least once after every three months. However, for units that run consistently, filters should be changed on a monthly basis. Failure to replace the filters often results in your AC working harder to push cool air throughout your home. A dirty filter, besides shortening the lifespan of your unit, adds up to 15 percent to your AC bills. Replacing or cleaning a filter is reasonably affordable.
2. You do not maintain your AC system
Routine maintenance of your entire AC system is essential to ensure that it is running efficiently. Having an HVAC technician inspect your system will keep your monthly energy bill down, but also guarantee that there are no major issues with any part of your unit or system as a whole. From dirty coils to poorly sealed air ducks, each component of your system plays a key role in keeping your system running strong and efficient month-over-month and year-over-year.
3. Your Thermostat is running all the time
There are many steps you can take to maximize your thermostat settings to best suit your home’s needs:
- Program your thermostat
- Set it and forget it
- Zone your home
There are pros and cons to each approach, but these options alone or in tandem can significantly cut cooling costs in your home. If you have a reliable schedule, you can program your thermostat accordingly to run at a comfortable temperature while you are home and bump up a few degrees when you are away.
If your schedule is unreliable, choose a higher-than-usual setting for your thermostat (most experts recommend 78 degrees) for your system to run at consistently. This increases your system efficiency by not requiring it to cool and re-cool your home throughout the summer.
Zoning your home can cut cooling costs for larger homes that don’t expect much activity in certain areas of the home. Keep in mind that if you choose to cool a part of your home that has been zoned off, it is going to require a great deal of effort and energy from your system.
4. Your home is not insulated
Lack of insulation is the largest waste of energy for homeowners. Poor insulation makes a notable difference in monthly energy bills. Cracks in the foundation, around doorways and windows increase temperature difference in your home. This forces your cooling system to use more energy to regulate temperatures. Simple tasks such as sliding curtains and closing blinds to block rays from the sun go a long way in helping you shield your space from sun’s heat thus reducing your AC’s workload.
5. You aren’t taking advantage of fans
Fans, particularly ceiling fans, can help regulate the perceived temperature in a given room. This reduces the pressure on your cooling system. The absence of fans forces your AC system take on the full brunt of controlling your home’s comfort, consuming far more energy. Don’t waste energy by running fans in empty rooms, as fans are only effective when occupants are in their path. During the warmer months, make sure that your ceiling fans are set to rotate counter-clockwise to pull hot air up and push cool air down.
Failing to install your heating/cooling systems appropriately, not servicing your AC system and using an inefficient unit increases your utility bills tremendously. Call your local Lewisville HVAC experts at Advent Air Conditioning, Inc to schedule trusted installation and maintenance services. Our preventative maintenance plan can save you hundreds by prolonging your system’s performance and keeping your home running efficiently and saving energy.