As the summer months continue to heat up as we get closer and closer to the middle, most of us have been running our air conditioning systems almost nonstop for some time now. No matter how much we enjoy spending time in the outdoors with our family and friends, it is always nice to be able to come home to an interior that is cool and refreshing, but sometimes the cost associated with keeping your home that way can really start to add up. Most homeowners find themselves in a conundrum at that point. How do you stay cool during the scorching summer months, but still keep your energy bills at a manageable level? Luckily, we have just the thing for you. In an effort to help you keep your home cool this summer, and not drain your savings in trying to do so, our team of air conditioning service professionals have taken the time to put together this short list detailing just a few of the most helpful pieces of advice that we can think of that will help you save big on your monthly cooling costs during the summer months.
Get A Programmable Thermostat
When it comes to saving money on your monthly energy bills, one of the easiest ways to do so is simply to switch off your system or set it to a higher temperature when you are about to leave the house for any length of time. This will reduce the amount of work your system has to do in keeping your home cool while there is no one home to enjoy it. Unfortunately, this also means that when you arrive home, you are going to have to turn your system back on and wait for the house to cool back down to a comfortable level. While being an efficient method of lowering your energy bills, it can also be quite inconvenient. That doesn’t have to be the case when you invest in a programmable thermostat for your home, however. With a programmable thermostat, you can set your system to automatically turn off when you leave for the day, and program it to come back on and cool the house down before you arrive back home. This will help to reduce the workload of your system while still allowing you to come home to a comfortable house each and every day.
Change Your Air Filters
This is one of the easiest things you can do to help reduce your monthly cooling costs, but there are far too many homeowners out there who just don’t take the time to do it, or forget to do it on a monthly basis. Changing out your air filters regularly ensures that your system doesn’t have to work any harder than it needs to in order to get the kind of air intake it needs to cool your home. This can go a long way in helping to both extend the life of your current system and lower your monthly energy costs as your system won’t have to be working overtime in order to keep up with your cooling demands. Regularly replacing your filters will also go a long way in preventing any unexpected A/C repair costs associated by helping to minimize wear and tear on your system.
Replace Your Old Unit
If you have an older air conditioning unit in your home, especially one that hasn’t really been properly maintained over the years, it might be time to start considering investing in a new model. While the upfront cost of investing in a new model might seem somewhat daunting, the money you will save on your monthly energy bills over time and any potential repair costs associated with keeping your old system running will likely pay for your new unit entirely over time. When looking through and deciding on your new air conditioning unit, be on the lookout for any that have Energy Star ratings, as these particular units can use up to 50% less energy than other competing models.