Summer’s getting hotter and all you’re thinking of is cool, cool air swirling all over you, taking away the heat and the humidity. While your air-conditioned home can make you feel a lot cooler than the temperatures outside, you’ll also be paying a pretty penny come end-month when the electricity bills come through the door.
However, the battle between extreme heat and extreme cold is not lost and there are plenty of ways by which you can keep yourself cool through the summer without having to pay through the nose for this.
Let’s take a look at five integral tips to control your cooling costs this summer.
Using a Programmed Thermostat
One of the perfect ways to save some cash is to lower your AC bill with a programmed thermostat. With a programmable thermostat, you can program it to increase temperatures when you’re sleeping or when you’re outdoors, with temperatures cooling at set times when you’re likely to be indoors. This can cut your bills by a whopping 10%, according to Christina Kielich, spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Energy. The bill increases drastically when the temperatures outside and indoors are poles apart, since the AC will expend more energy trying to cool your home.
Using A Ceiling Fan
Another perfect way to reduce your cooling costs is to use a ceiling fan which causes drafts of air of flow around the room, creating a cooling effect. The effect is best when you’re sitting directly below the fan so for television hours or playing games indoors, turn off the AC and switch on the ceiling fan. You’ll be saving quite a bit. The downside to the fan, however, is that you need to remember to turn it off when you leave the room. If you don’t, your costs are bound to rise.
Maintain Your HVAC Efficiently
When your cooling system is not maintained, your unit has to expend more energy to maintain temperatures at the required set-point. This is because the air ducts may be dirty and blocked, the air filters might be completely clogged and thus block airflow. If you wish to save costs, try replacing the filters at least twice a month in the summer and enjoy cuts of 5 percent to 15 percent. Awesome, right?
Decrease Solar Energy Entering Your Home
When it’s sunny outside and your curtains are not drawn, the sunrays stream into the house, warming up the air inside. So if your AC unit is running, it will be expending more energy to cool the home. This is why you might want to invest in some light-colored curtains or blinds and draw them so they can deflect the sunrays.
Opt for an Energy-Efficient HVAC
If your cooling system is old, it’s much more likely to utilize more energy than a newer unit, thus costing you quite a bit more. Newer systems are more energy-efficient and have been built to perform admirably using lower power levels than the decade-old systems. Why not give your system a complete overhaul once and for all and enjoy lower costs of cooling over the years? It’s something to think on, right?
About the author: Edward Alton is an HVAC expert and he writes for a variety of online publications.