Summer 2020 has arrived, and in the HVAC world, that means getting your air conditioner ready to beat the heat. Obviously, you want to make sure you’re completely prepared for when a heatwave rolls in. However, it’s also important not to exert your AC unit too much—both for the sake of your equipment and your wallet. Keep reading to learn how to save money on summer AC costs from our experienced technicians, and remember to call Roy’s Plumbing, Heating & Cooling for all your air conditioning needs.
The Top 5 Ways for You to Save Money on AC Costs This Summer:
- Turn Up Your Thermostat: Yes, you read that correctly—your thermostat should actually be turned UP during the summertime if you want to achieve maximum air conditioner efficiency. The ideal thermostat temperature for summer is 78 degrees. This slightly elevated temperature will allow you to balance out your increased AC usage. If your thermostat setting is already low, cranking your AC up is basically a waste of money. And on top of that, keeping your thermostat at one setting all summer will help you enjoy consistent temperatures throughout your home.
- Turn on Ceiling Fans at Night: A lot of people underestimate the power ceiling fans can have. A good ceiling fan can actually create airflow in a room in a way your air conditioner can’t. Moreover, when it gets colder at night, or it is unseasonably cool during the day, you can save a lot of money by using your celling fan rather than your AC unit. We understand that when the temperature climbs above 80, a ceiling fan may simply not do the trick. But you can stay frugal and remain more comfortable by swapping AC for fans when the height of the summer heat is not in full effect.
- Make Sure Your Home Is Well-Insulated: If you feel like you are not getting the cooling power you need, it may be a good idea to call a professional to see if your attic and home are well-insulated, and locking in the ideal temperature. However, proper insulation is about more than just the literal cellulose and fiberglass insulation that lines your home. You can also help insulate your space by sealing up as many cracks and holes as possible. Did you know that Americans lose roughly 30% of their cool air every year just because there are so many places in their homes for it to escape? This forces your AC to work harder, meaning higher cooling bills for less relief. You can help prevent this by caulking and weather-stripping doors and windows. You may also want to call a technician to ensure there are no leaks in your ductwork.
- Let Your AC Run While You Are at Work: We understand letting your air conditioner run while you are gone all day may seem like the exact OPPOSITE of what a list telling you how to save money should advise. However, keeping your AC on while you are at work or out running errands is actually a smart call for particularly hot summer days. Consider this: if your AC is set to a reasonable temperature like 72 degrees when you leave in the morning, you will walk into a house that is cool and comfortable when you get home. If, however, you come home during a heatwave and instantly crank your AC down to 62 degrees, it will automatically have to use more energy to cool your home—and it may take longer to do it. This will drive your cooling costs up, all for less relief. That’s why for greater energy efficiency and improved comfort, consider turning your AC on before you leave in the morning.
- Close Curtains, Blinds & Shades: This may seem like something that will have little effect on your energy bill, but preventing excessive sunlight from entering your home can help your AC do its job without having to counteract the effects of additional heat. Did you know that simply by closing curtains, blinds, and shades, you may be able to reduce heat buildup in your house by 45%? And on top of that, you’ll just feel better without the hot sun beating down on you through your windows. We understand that when it’s summer, you want to be out in the sun as much as possible. But when the temperature reaches dangerously high levels, you can cut costs and increase comfort by keeping those rays out.
The final thing you can do to save money on AC bills? CALL ROY’S PLUMBING, HEATING & COOLING! We offer comprehensive AC repairs, including for emergencies. We provide AC installation for the best systems on the market. And with AC-tune-ups and maintenance, our technicians can help your equipment work better and last longer. Call now at (716) 215-2678, or click here to contact us online.