There is a good chance you will turn on your AC if the temperatures hit the 80s and 90s. This will leave you feeling cooler and makes the room comfortable, but this will mean having to pay more on your energy costs. This is because AC will result in a higher energy bill or even result in the need for AC repair. During the course of the summer, you can easily end up spending hundreds of dollars on this. But the good thing is that it is possible to be comfortable and cool in your home without having to pay a lot in energy costs. Below are sit tips that will help you save on your AC costs.
Keeping the Filter Clean
When was the last time you changed the air filter of your AC unit? If you have not replaced it in a while, then you need to do it as soon as possible. The filter accumulates a lot of dust and dirt over time, and this will have an effect on air flow. You should be checking on the filter once a month and replacing or cleaning them when needed. By just cleaning or replacing the filter, you stand to cut the energy use by 5-15%.
There are some thermostats that usually have a reminder light to show you whether you need to clean or change the filter. This is a great option for people who have a hard time remembering to do a check on it.
Maintaining Cooling Systems
Using the most energy-efficient units and installing a programmable thermostat is not going to do much in terms of savings if you aren’t going to take care of the equipment. If the air filters are blocked, they end up making the unit work harder. This is why it is important to clean and replace filters regularly so you can get the five to fifteen percent savings it brings. If you have installed the central cooling system, then you need to make sure that dust and furniture have not blocked the floor registers. You should also ensure that the condenser and evaporator of the unit don’t have debris (branches, leaves, and grass) and dust. You should also clear any shrub less than two feet away from the condenser.
Closing Blinds, Curtains, and Shades
You will be able to get savings by having these drawn all day because they help in preventing solar heat gain. When you lower and close them on windows getting direct sunlight, the blinds are going to reduce the heat gain by 45% if they are the reflective ones. You should also consider using light-colored treatments; the lighter the hue, then the more the deflection. You should have the shades hanged close to the panes because they are going to help in blocking the heat from outside from getting inside the home.
Maintaining the Ducts and Vents
You should ensure the air ducts have been insulated properly if you have the central air-conditioning unit in your home. This is especially important if it is passing through areas that are not air-conditioned such as the attic. It is also a good idea to get an expert to do an inspection on the ducts and vents once a year to see if there is any leaks or holes.
Duct tape is going to give you a temporary solution, but the holes and leaks will need to be fixed by a professional. If there are rooms that aren’t being used, then you need to close the vents and shut the doors so you can save on energy.
Checking for Household Leaks
You should make sure there is no air escaping through openings like doors, fireplace dampers, or windows. You should have a good look at the seals at such areas to ensure if caulk or weather stripping is needed. You should always be looking for any leaks before you turn on the AC at the start of summer.
Reducing Heat Sources
While it is nice to have natural light coming inside your home, during summer, the rays from the sun can cause an increase in temperature in your home. You should consider getting blackout curtains or closing the blinds and drapes because it is going to help in reducing exterior heat.
Having appliances producing heat such as lamps or TVs far from the thermostat. If it is close to the thermostat, it is going to make the thermostat worker harder to cool the room because it thinks the temperature is high, and this will have an effect on your energy bill.
Baking, cooking, or the use of appliances can lead to an increase in temperature inside your home then this will make the AC work a little hard to cool the room, so you should try minimizing such activities when it is hot.
Strategically Using Fans
You can use fans to cool the home while spending a fraction of what you spend on an AC. While it is hard to completely replace the AC unit, a fan supplements it. When it is not too hot, you can just use the fans, and this can help you in saving up to 60% on your energy costs. You should place them near your windows.
Using a ceiling or circulating fan. It has a wind-chill effect that will leave you feeling six to seven degrees cooler; a fan is not going to cool the room, it just makes it a little bit more comfortable to stay in. If you have an AC running, the fan is going to help in dispersing the cooler air more efficiently, and this gives you the freedom of increasing the thermostat reading by up to for degrees without causing any discomfort.
Setting a Realistic Temperature
The most efficient temperature to set your AC on the warmer months is about 78 degrees. If you reduce it by six degrees, it could lead to a 47 percent increase in energy costs.
During the hotter days, you should choose a lower temperature to set the AC. This can seem like it helps in cooling the room quicker, but it doesn’t, it just makes it work harder.