There are a lot of reasons to save money: vacations, rainy day fund, emergency, new car, new house, food on the table and probably a few dozen more. Regardless of why you want to save money, the bigger question is: how? During the summer months, running your air conditioner is one of the biggest chunks of your energy bill.
But there are ways you can greatly reduce the cost of keeping your house cool without sacrificing comfort. It’s all about knowing a few cool tips and tricks that will keep your bank account very happy.
The following are some very easy ways to reduce your energy costs associated with air conditioning:
- Get a programmable thermostat. You can then program the AC to turn on and off at various times throughout the day. Do you really need your house to feel like an igloo while you’re at work? Of course you don’t. Raising the temperature, even a few degrees, can save money.
- Get a ceiling fan (or any kind of fan). Just getting the air circulating around a room can make you feel much cooler. Ceiling fans work best, but a stand fan will also work.
- Don’t buy an oversized AC unit. No, bigger is not always better. Buy a unit that will cool the areas you need to be cooled. Nothing more. Otherwise you’re just wasting money by operating an AC unit that is way too big for your house.
- Insulate your attic. If your attic is not insulated, you might as will sit up there and burn a big pile of cash because a poorly insulated attic can lose up to 40% of your cool air. Talk to a professional to determine the best type of insulation for your needs.
- Consider buying window AC units. Why should your kitchen be cool at night when you’re in the bedroom sleeping? The benefits of an AC unit are that they let you cool the areas where you need it most at a fraction of the cost of central AC.
- Clean your air filter. Being lazy is costing you money. And cleaning (or replacing) the air filter on your AC unit literally takes a few minutes. Keeping that dirty filter in makes the AC work harder, costing you more money in the process.
- Bed fans! These little miracles actually exist. No longer do you have to lay naked in bed sweating. The fan literally blows a gentle stream of air under your sheets, keeping you cool and refreshed all night long. You can buy one for about $100.
There are many, many more ways to save money on your summer AC usage. In fact, we’ll be posting even more ways to save a little later. Some of the upcoming tips might be slightly wacky, but hey, you’ll save money so don’t laugh.
In the meantime, if you have any questions about your AC unit or need it serviced, give us a call and we can give you a hand. It’s always a good idea to give your HVAC system a tune-up twice a year to keep everything in good working order.