As much as we look forward to warmer weather, the heat comes with it’s own challenges! If you are looking for ways to manage your summer cooling costs, be sure to contact us for a maintenance call to ensure your system is operating at peak efficiency!
5 More Tips for Saving Money on Air Conditioning
1. Most heat that accumulates inside a house comes directly from the sun shining onto the roof or through windows, and heating the house directly. Consider landscaping for shade! Planting leafy trees around the building’s exterior will stop the sun from reaching inside your home. Even with the cost of going to the nursery and buying a 15- to 20-foot-tall tree, trees are still a better value. If the trees or shrubs shade your air conditioner, you could boost your AC’s efficiency by up to 10 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
2. Solar screens or mesh type screens on your window (particularly east-west facing windows) can intercept up to 70 percent of solar energy before it gets into your home. Window films or reflective tint are another option, reflecting the heat before it can be transmitted through window glass.
3. Go ahead & get comfortable. Lower your air conditioner’s thermostat setting to a comfortable level when you’re at home. But let that number rise to a warmer temperature at night or when you’re away from home. You can save 5 percent to 15 percent on your air-conditioning bills by raising the temperature setting on your thermostat when you’re away and don’t need cooling.
4. Skip the stove-top boiling and oven baking. Decrease indoor heat by taking it outside to the grill. If indoor cooking is a must, turn on the kitchen exhaust after cooking. Also, use the bathroom exhaust fan after a hot shower to remove heat and moisture at the source. Reducing humidity goes a long way towards increased comfort.