When summer temperatures reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit every day, you may start to worry about how much you will spend on air conditioning costs. Fortunately, there are a few air conditioning maintenance tips that can help you save money. When you are proactive about air conditioning maintenance, you can save money and still beat the heat.
Try these tips to cut your air conditioning costs this summer.
1. Set Your Thermostat to a Higher Temperature
You can save money by increasing your home’s temperature by a few degrees. If you want to save a substantial amount of money, set your thermostat to 78 degrees while you’re at home. If this temperature is too warm for your comfort, decrease the temperature until you feel comfortable. Keep in mind that you will likely save 1 to 3 percent on your air conditioning bill for every degree you set your thermostat above 72 degrees.
If you are not home, set the thermostat to 85 degrees or turn off your air conditioner. You may also be able to save money by increasing your home’s temperature during the night.
If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, consider installing one. Programmable thermostats are a great way to save energy without any extra effort on your part.
2. Reorganize Furniture
You could spend more money on your air conditioning bill if you have furniture blocking your AC vents. Reorganize your furniture to ensure vents are free of obstructions such as chairs or tables. Otherwise, the air conditioning will cool the furniture rather than the room.
If you don’t have the room to reorganize your furniture, purchase a plastic vent piece that forces air from the vent in the direction you choose. Consider aiming the vent piece in a direction that will circulate the cool air around the room.
3. Close Some Vents
Don’t waste money cooling rooms that don’t need it. For instance, most basements stay cool without air conditioning. Close vents in rooms that you don’t frequently use or the rooms that are already cool. When you close the vents in these rooms, you will force air into rooms that do need cooling.
4. Clean Your Air Conditioner’s Air Filters
Dirty air filters in an air conditioner require your system to work harder to transfer air throughout the house. This will most likely result in higher air conditioning bills. Dirty filters also tend to decrease your air conditioner’s service life.
Plan to replace or clean your air filters at least once every few months, especially during summer months when air conditioners are used most.
5. Reduce the Lighting in Your Home
Electric lights and sunlight from open windows can increase your home’s temperature. Reduce your home’s temperature by turning off lights in rooms that you’re not using and closing your blinds or drapes.
You don’t have to live in the dark; however, be aware of how often you leave the lights on. You can also enjoy the sunlight through an open window, but just remember to close the blinds or drapes when you leave the room.
6. Use the Stove and Oven Less
When you use your kitchen stove or oven, you can substantially increase the temperature in your home. Try to limit how often you use these appliances to help reduce your home’s temperature. Instead, choose one day each week to cook meals that don’t require heat, like salads or sandwiches.
7. Schedule Annual Air Conditioning Checkups
Hire an air conditioning technician to perform an inspection on your air conditioner each year. A great time to schedule this inspection is in the spring before the summer heat sets in. The technician can check for damaged parts and inefficiencies that could be costing you money.
If needed, the technician can also clean parts of your AC system to ensure the system is running as efficiently as possible.
Use these tips to save money on your cooling costs this summer. If it’s time for your annual air conditioning inspection, contact the professionals at Doctor Fix-It.