Your AC unit is your lifeline to a comfortable summer. As temperatures rise, we want to make sure that we are keeping our homes cool and comfortable without facing huge bills. Let's look at the best ways to lower your AC costs this summer.
Could turning on your ceiling fan be enough to keep you cool?
Your ceiling fan won't cool down your room, but it will circulate the cool air. This means that you could raise your thermostat slightly. You might think that adding the fan and reducing the output from the AC unit would result in the same costs, so what would be the point? Well, providing you turn off the fan if you leave the room, it is actually a cheaper way to keep cool and increase energy efficiency.
Keep curtains and blinds closed.
Direct sunlight into your home is going to raise the temperature. By blocking out the sun using your curtains and blinds this can significantly reduce the temperature in a room, which means your AC doesn't have to work so hard.
Your thermostat is the key to energy efficiency.
Many of us just leave the thermostat to do its thing. That's great… if it's programmable. If you manually have to adjust your thermostat but find that you often leave it to its own devices then you're not going to get the best out of your HVAC system.
Many experts recommend setting the temperature at 78⁰F on hot days, and 82⁰F – 85⁰F when you’re outside the house. Get a programmable thermostat so you don’t have to remember to set it when you leave.
Getting your Air Conditioning serviced.
Ensuring that your HVAC is in tip-top condition, you want to ensure that you get it serviced regularly. Spring is the best time to get an air conditioning service as you're making the transition from the cooler months into the warmth of summer. Is it time to give your HVAC system a spring clean?
There are many other ways in which you can lower your AC costs this summer. These are just a few and we'll be sharing more in future posts. To make sure you don't miss our next instalment, why not stop by our Facebook page for the latest news and information.