Summer is on its way and with the beautiful weather comes increased temperatures and rising cooling costs. Your air conditioner has to work extra hard during the summer months to keep you and your family comfortable. While staying cool when it’s hot outside is nice, the increased costs of your cooling bills can be frustrating. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can keep costs down. Here are 5 things you can do to save money on your air conditioning bills this summer.
Use a Fan
While using a fan won’t decrease the temperature in your house, it will make the rooms much more comfortable because of the air flow. Moving air feels cooler than stagnant air. You can use this to your advantage by keeping your thermostat at a slightly higher temperature and then using fans to stay comfortable. This will keep your AC unit from kicking in as often and ultimately reduce your cooling bill!
Install a Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats are great because over time they learn you and your family’s habits. Eventually, they’ll learn to only cool the house when it is occupied. Why waste energy keeping the house cool when everyone is at work? A smart thermostat will tell the AC unit to only turn on when it makes sense to. By reducing the amount of time your AC unit needs to run, you’ll save energy and reduce your monthly costs.
Keep Curtains and Blinds Closed
Solar heat plays a huge role in increasing the temperature inside your home. One way you can reduce the effect of outside temperature on the temperature inside your house is to keep curtains and blinds closed. If you buy insulated or sun reflecting blinds, you can reduce heat gain by up to 45%! Further reducing the need to run your air conditioning unit all day long.
Have Routine Maintenance Performed
An efficient air conditioning system that works the way it’s supposed to will go a long way in keeping your cooling costs down. If your AC unit isn’t running efficiently, you are wasting a lot of energy and money on cool air that never actually makes it into your home. Schedule an inspection of your air conditioning unit to see if it needs a tune-up. If it does, you can save a lot of money every month by ensuring that your cooling system is functioning properly.
Mountain Heating and Cooling HVAC technicians can perform inspections and service on any air conditioning system you may have. If you want to make sure that your air conditioner is working properly and efficiently, give us a call or schedule service online today!