The deeper we get into summer, the hotter it’s going to get. Spending more and more time indoors to beat the scorching heat may feel good at the time, but you won’t be happy when you see how much your electric bill has skyrocketed! To prevent this from happening, here are a few things you can do to increase AC efficiency and protect your wallet:
Use a Fan When You Can
When it is not painfully hot and humid outside, you shouldn’t really need to crank your air conditioner to full power at all times. No, a fan can’t cool down your entire room or your whole home like an AC can. However, it can temporarily bring the temperature down temporarily due to its wind chill factor. Some models are portable and can be brought room to room with you for maximum use. Ceiling fans are equally as useful – if not more so- as they can evenly disperse air throughout an entire room or space. Like your AC, fans should only be kept on when you’re using them. Forgetting to shut them off will lead to wasted electricity.
Use Your AC Only When Necessary
To stay cool and comfortable in your home or business, you shouldn’t have to have the thermostat set to the lowers possible temperature. By keeping the thermostat set just a few degrees higher than normal, you can save big time on your electric bill. When you’re heading to work for the day or you know that you will be out for a while running errands, you don’t need to leave your AC on. Most models can cool things down very quickly when you return. Programmable thermostats can make this easier for you – they can lower temperatures or turn off your cooling system when you need them to.
Keep Curtains Closed
Most people don’t realize that something as simple as closing your curtains, blinds, or shades during direct sunlight can help to keep the hot air out as well as trap the cool air inside. Heat from the sun can quickly raise the temperature in your home – especially if you keep the shades open all day. Not only does closing them keep the heat out, it helps to trap the cool air inside. If the temperature is already lowered in your house, you won’t need to put as much stress on your AC. This will help you save money on your utilities throughout the summer months.
Keep Your System Maintained
The most important part in keeping your cooling system working properly is professional maintenance on a regular basis. This allows a technician to fully examine and service your entire system – from the outdoor unit to the ventilation system. If there are any issues or areas of concern, they will be fixed before they have time to escalate. Routine maintenance boosts energy efficiency, reliability, and give your AC a longer lifespan. It also helps you keep the air quality in your home safe! To schedule your AC service, call Roy’s. We’ve got you covered!
Limit Heat Building Activities
As temperatures climb, you can help stay cool indoors by limiting household chores that quickly cause the heat to build up. Using your oven or stove, running the dishwasher, drying clothes in the dryer – these are all heat generating activities. Instead, you can use the microwave or grill to cook or let your clothes dry outdoors. Finding alternatives for these routine activities will help you stay cool and comfortable indoors while cutting back on your electricity bill.
Benefits of a Roy’s Annual AC Tune-Up
If you suspect that your AC will need a little TLC in order to continue keeping you cool and comfortable all summer long, call Roy’s for a comprehensive tune-up. In addition to changing and cleaning air filters, we’ll always check that the following parts are working properly and efficiently:
- Evaporator Coils
- Drain Lines
- Indoor Blower Motors
- Outdoor Fan Motors
At Roy’s, we leave no area of your cooling system unchecked! When were through, your AC will be ready to beat the heat.
To schedule your annual AC tune-up, call Roy’s today!