Smart Ways to Save on Your Air Conditioning Bills

Posted by on Jun 8, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Smart Ways to Save on Your Air Conditioning Bills

When the mercury reaches the mid-nineties in the middle of May, you know that you’re in for a long, hot summer. I don’t mind a bit, as long as I can always retreat to a refreshingly cool home when I need to. But as much as I love my air conditioning, I’m not willing to just throw money at it. Here’s what I do to give my air conditioner a break – and reduce your energy bills – here are some helpful tips:

Turn on your fans

We all know that fans can help keep us cool. But we tend to forget that running a small fan is less expensive than cooling an entire house. So, sit next to a fan – even if your air conditioning is on. You’ll find that you can stay perfectly cool even if you turn the thermostat up a few degrees. With each extra degree, you’ll lighten the load on your air conditioner.

Close curtains & blinds

We all love natural light, so by all means, enjoy it whenever you can. But if you’re not in a room, keep your curtains and blinds closed. Each room you shield against the warm light will be a cooler room helping to keep your entire home cool.

Apply window film

Today’s window films can selectively block out light, allowing natural light to pass while reflecting away heat-carrying infrared light before it enters your home. Unlike older films, modern window films offer a much more natural appearance both indoors and out. Consider applying film to windows that let in a lot of direct sunlight.

Get an annual heating and air tune-up

Most air conditioning systems require annual inspections and tune-ups in order to run at peak efficiency and as inexpensively as possible. If your heating and air system hasn’t been expected within the last year, you should arrange a visit from a local heating and air specialist. Your specialist should be able to make some quick, inexpensive adjustments to help your system run better; he’ll also help you and your system avoid future problems.

Turn-off heat-producing systems & appliances

Ovens, computers, TVs, stereos, washers, dryers, and dishwashers are just some of the household devices that generate heat. Making sure that these devices are turned off when not in use will help to keep your home cool (as well as save energy). Running devices in the cooler evening, when there’s less demand on the air conditioner, can also help to save energy and money.