Summer is the time for barbecues, carnivals, the beach, and summer vacation. It’s also the time for air conditioning. Running the air conditioner can be a great way to beat the heat, but it’s also a great way to increase your electric bill. Here are some simple ways to save money on your energy bills this summer.
Fans are a great way to get the cool air flowing through your home, especially in small areas. They also use significantly less electricity than air conditioning. Set up fans in your favorite rooms and install ceiling fans. This will help cool air circulate throughout the room.
Perform Regular Maintenance on Your AC
Just like your car, your AC needs regular checkups to keep it running smoothly. One of the main things you’ll have to do is change or clean the filter. If you fail to perform this maintenance, your AC will require more energy to run. This will lower its cooling efficiency and increase your energy bills. You should also have a professional from Healthy Home Heating & Air perform a tune-up once a year, preferably in spring.
Turn the AC Off
Many of us accidentally leave the air conditioning on when we go to work or go to the store. It’s crucial to turn it off when you’re not using it to save money. Consider turning the air conditioning off when you go to bed, too. It’s usually much cooler at night, so you may be able to just open the windows.
Use EnergyStar Products
EnergyStar appliances are designed to save you money by using less energy. If it’s time to replace your unit, look for EnergyStar products with an appropriate rating.
Keep the Sun Out
Keep your home cooler without the AC by keeping the sunlight out of your home. Keep the shades closed during the day. Consider getting thicker shades (black-out curtains) if you don’t see a big difference from regular window treatments.
We all want to save where we can. Save on your energy bills by following these simple steps. For more information, talk to the professionals at Healthy Home Heating & Air. We can answer your questions and schedule a visit for an AC tune-up in the Charlotte area. Our team also provides heating and indoor air quality services. We look forward to hearing from you.