lower ac costs this summer

Ways to Lower Your AC Costs This Summer

Keeping your home cool in the blazing summer heat can be a real challenge to your AC unit and your wallet. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to take the heat off of both! To help you stay cool, we’ve got some tips for lowering your AC costs as you lower the thermostat this summer.

Switch to a programmable thermostat

If you aren’t home all day, why are you running the AC all day? A programmable thermostat can be set up to cool your home at the appropriate time. Turn the temperature up to 2-3 degrees while you are away from your home, so you don’t waste energy and money on cooling an empty house. However, please note that adjusting more than 2-3 degrees may actually force your unit to work harder to re-cool the space and cost you more money.

Circulate the air

Keeping the air moving in your home is a great way to keep it cooler. Ceiling fans or just ordinary fans can help you feel cooler.

Make the light bulb switch

Have you ever noticed how hot your lamp gets with an ordinary incandescent light bulb? Make the change to LED bulbs to not only keep things cooler but to save on electricity. Oh! And LED bulbs last far longer than ordinary bulbs.

Tinted windows are not just for cars

If you live in a very warm climate like Texas, consider tinting the windows in your home that get the most sunlight. This will help minimize the heat pouring in your windows.

Thermal drapes

Just closing the blinds or drapes during the hottest part of the day can help keep your home cool. But thermal drapes have a protective lining that blocks the heat from coming in.

Take care of your cooling system

This may be the single most important thing you can do to keep your summer cooling costs down and your comfort level up. Don’t skip the regular maintenance! Change your filter regularly and call Advent Air out to tune up old Betsy before summer really brings the heat.

Stay cool this summer! If you need to schedule regular maintenance or a repair on your HVAC system, contact the professionals at Advent Air. We’re committed to keeping you and your family cool and comfortable all year round.