For many people, using the air conditioner feels like trading one evil for another. Like them, you may be wondering, “Why is my electric bill so high every summer? Isn’t there any way to save energy and keep my house cool at the same time?”
If you find yourself in this dilemma, we have good news for you. Namely, it’s easier than you might think to save money on your AC bill.
And, below, we’re going to show you how to do it with just a few simple steps. Read on to learn the most practical tips on how to save energy during the peak air conditioning season.
1. Replace Your Old, Outdated AC
There’s no point in telling you how to use your AC more efficiently when your real problem is the AC itself. Case in point, is your AC 15 years old or older? Then replace it.
There’s no air conditioner that can still run efficiently at this age. And besides that, it also means that you’re using outdated, inefficient AC technology from over a decade ago. Today’s AC technology is far more efficient than your old AC ever was, even when it was new.
If your AC is over 10 years old, you should at least have a professional examine it to see if it’s worth keeping. Replacing your worn-out, old AC can save you up to 20% on your cooling costs.
2. Change Your Air Filters More Often
An air filter that’s filled to capacity with dust and other air contaminants blocks your AC’s airflow. That’s why you need to change your air filter every 1-3 months.
Furthermore, make sure you actually set up reminders so that you won’t forget to do this. And don’t wait until the 3-month maximum deadline, either.
Check the filter every month. It can fill up quite fast during months of peak air conditioning use.
3. Use Your Thermostat Wisely
Don’t just run your AC all day while no one is home. Program the thermostat so that the AC only comes on at appropriate times.
Of course, you don’t want your house to overheat, either. Keep the thermostat at 82 until about 30 minutes before you get home.
4. Shut Unnecessary Vents
Likewise, don’t air condition uninhabited rooms. Shut the supply vents in these rooms and keep the doors shut, too. Also, stuff a towel under the door so that there are no air leaks whatsoever.
5. Get Professional Maintenance
To make sure that your AC stays in optimum condition, you need to call for professional maintenance every year before summer starts. And always call a qualified HVAC technician if you notice any performance problems throughout the summer.
Save Energy With These Simple HVAC Tips
Keep this handy guide bookmarked so you don’t forget these tips. And follow these simple steps to save money on your electric bill. Also, please share this guide with your friends and family so that they learn how to save energy, too.
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