Most people love to enjoy the warm weather that Summer brings. Especially in NWI, where one day it can be 90 degrees, and the next it will snow. So around here, we have to take what we can get. Except it can get pricey trying to cool your home when the heat index gets really high. Here’s some tips and tricks on how to save money on air conditioning this summer.
Close the blinds
A window letting in the hot sun won't just heat up your thermostat, it'll heat you up too. During the warmest part of the day, close your window blinds and keep out the sun. It can also help insulate your windows, which stops the cold air from escaping.
Use a fan
A fan can help save on cooling cost. Sometimes you don't need to amp up the thermostat to feel cooler. According to the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC), using a ceiling fan can make a room feel 10 degrees cooler and uses 10 percent of the energy of a central air conditioner.
If you want to get high-tech, you can install smart ceiling fans that connect to an app. You can schedule the times when these fans turn on and off, and you can control their speed without standing on your tiptoes. However, a regular fan can also work just fine. If you keep the air circulating, it will stay cooler inside. It will also produce a nice breeze. Many people think that leaving the air conditioner at the same temperature when you leave the house saves money because the AC won't need to work as hard to recool the home. This isn't the case. Actually, the most inexpensive way to use your air conditioner is to turn the thermostat up when you leave the house.
Air conditioning systems operate most efficiently at full speed during longer periods of time. So, kicking it on a lower temperature when you get home, will save you more money than the AC cycling on and off while you're away. A programmable thermostat can make it easy to keep your AC at the right temperature. You can program the unit to work at higher temperatures while you're at work and cool down right before you get home.
Setting low is a no-go
Always set your thermostat to the highest temperature you can stand to save the most money. Even a small change in the temperature can save you big bucks. You can save 10 percent a year on your cooling bills by setting your thermostat just 10 to 15 degrees higher for eight hours each day, according to the Nebraska Energy Office. The US Department of Energy recommends aiming for an indoor temperature of 78 degrees F when you're at home.
If you are looking to upgrade, or fix you’re A/C unit, feel free to contact us. We would love to answer any questions you may have. We want to help you get cool this summer, and save money by doing it.