Many consumers are budget conscious, and this is especially true during warmer months when air conditioners will be running to keep homes at a comfortable temperature. There are a number of things you can do to avoid going over budget, and these tips to reduce cooling bill this summer will help you stay on track.
Tips to Reduce Cooling Bill this Summer
- Search for sources of air leaks in your home.
Picture air leaks as places where dollars are drifting out of your home when you turn on the A/C during the summer. They allow warm air to enter your home and make it much more challenging for you to keep your house cool once you turn on your air conditioner.
To find out whether you have air leaks in your home, start by closing all the windows. Turn off the exhaust fans and your furnace. Take an incense stick and light it, then walk slowly around the outer walls of your home. Watch the direction of the smoke as you make your way through the house. If you notice the smoke blowing away from a particular spot or being sucked toward the outside, you probably have an air leak.
- Install a programmable thermostat.
Make a point of setting your thermostat a few degrees warmer when your family will be out of the house during the day. You can set it to start lowering the temperature shortly before you get home from work so that your home will be cool and comfortable when you arrive.
Keep the temperature in your home a comfortable 78 degrees during the summer. Running the A/C full blast to keep your home cooler means you will end up paying for it on your electric bill.
- Service your air conditioner to ensure it is working at peak efficiency.
About half of what you spend on your home energy bill each year is made up of heating and cooling costs. If your air conditioning unit is placed in direct sunlight, you can expect that it will use approximately 10 percent more energy. The higher temperature generated by the sun’s rays means it has to work harder, so you’ll want to plant some tall shrubs or shade trees nearby. Make sure that you still allow easy access to the unit for servicing and that you don’t impede the airflow.
Schedule a tune-up for your central air conditioner before the height of the summer so that it doesn’t have to work too hard to keep your home cool and comfortable. An HVAC contractor will perform an inspection, replace any worn parts and check the refrigerant level in your unit.
- Update your older model air conditioner to a more energy-efficient one.
If your current air conditioner is more than 12 years old, consider replacing it with a new one. Updating to an Energy Star rated model can save you approximately 30 percent on cooling costs.
When you are looking for a new air conditioning system, the efficiency level is measured by the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER). The higher the SEER number, the more efficient the unit you are considering. High efficiency air conditioners have a SEER rating of 13 or 14.
Advent Air Conditioning has been providing professional air conditioning services to customers in Lewisville, Texas for more than 25 years. Contact us today to schedule your annual tune-up, discuss plans for upgrading your current system or to book a service call.