There are a very few things that can run up the electric bill faster than the AC, and as temperatures soar into the summer, there’s nothing worse than feeling like you have to sweat it out in order to save money. But you can stay cool by preparing your AC for the summer, making sure you can make the most of both your AC unit and summertime.
Tips to prepare your AC for the summer:
New air filter - It is under extreme weather, that the A/C works harder. When temperatures spike, the AC will work non-stop to keep the house comfortable and cozy for you. Changing the air filter every 30 to 90 days will help your unit work more efficiently and consume less energy because the air flows better through the unit. If the filter becomes clogged, the unit will have to push harder to cool the house, resulting in higher electricity consumption.
Schedule a check-up - Have a professional inspect your unit and point out any inefficiencies, leaks or settings that are not adequate for the efficiency of the unit.
Aim for comfort - When at home, set your thermostat between 70 and 75 degrees to balance energy savings without sacrificing your comfort. Keep in mind that a single degree change can represent a 1 to 2% increase to your electric bill. If you are gone during the day, keep your unit on but raise the setting to about 80 degrees. It will reduce energy consumption but keep moisture from building. A programmable thermostat can help doing this changes for you and could pay itself in savings.
Keep the heat out - Make sure windows are closed and curtains drawn to keep the heat out as much as possible. If your home has many glass windows, find the right curtains or treatments to bounce the heat away.
Ceiling fans! Ceiling fans! Ceiling fans! - A good ceiling fan in every room or living area is a great way to save money on cooling the home. By circulating cool air, it can make it feel 3 to 8 degrees cooler in a room.
Unplug it - Computers and other home electronics generate heat. Unplug all electronics that are not in use. It will help you cool the home and save those extra bucks.
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