Let’s say you make it a point of pride to tough it out and endure the hottest days of summer in all their sweaty, sticky, melty glory. Whether you’re trying to cut down your energy bill or just want to prove a point, it can be done. But if you have small children, live with elderly parents, or have special equipment that can’t endure scorching temperatures and high levels of humidity, sometimes air conditioning is a must. Here’s how to cool off your air conditioning bill and keep your energy consumption low even in summer:
Hotter When You’re Gone
If no one is home all day, do you really want to waste money cooling an empty home? If you’re out of the house all day, set the temperature on your AC to about 78°F (25.6°C), and keep the windows and drapes closed. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can set it to ramp back up to a comfortable temperature when you walk in the door in the evening. Your AC unit won’t have to work too hard to get the home back to a cool temperature.
Become a Fan of Fans
Fans circulate cool air, which means less air needs to be pumped into the room to make it feel comfortable. Though fans do use energy, it’s a lot less than an AC unit pumping on full blast. For ceiling fans, make sure air is blowing downward. If you are investing in a new fan, make sure it is energy efficient.
Interior lighting not only adds to your energy bill, it also creates heat. Avoid turning lights on if you can – rely on natural light from outdoors instead. Yet remember that opening the blinds and drapes allows hot sunlight to beam in, so it’s definitely a balancing act.
Close Off Vents
You’re just throwing money away if you have vents pumping cool air into a room that doesn’t get used. First off, the basement is noticeably cool anyways, so it likely doesn’t need the extra cool air. Shut those basements vents. Then close off any vents found in closets, a storage room, or an unused guest room. You have to be careful with this one. If you close too many vents, your AC will freeze up.
If your AC unit isn’t operating at the optimal condition, it can be a huge waste of energy (and by extension, money). Contact Denoco Energy Systems to inspect all components of the AC system, including the condensing unit and ductwork. Our friendly and professional team has the experience and expertise to spot any problems and get everything running at peak condition to put money back in your pocket.
Stay cool this summer, folks!