There are a few relatively inexpensive things you can do to lower your AC bill and help reduce how hard your HVAC unit has to work.
It’s hot! Our HVAC systems are working overtime trying to keep us comfortable. Unfortunately, our HVAC systems are among the largest consumers of electricity in our homes. Most of us see higher power bills this time of year and that affects the money we have left over at the end of the month. You could, of course, purchase a newer, more energy efficient HVAC system, but what if your unit is not that old, and replacing your system right now simply does not make sense financially? There are a few relatively inexpensive things you can do to lower your AC bill and help reduce how hard your HVAC unit has to work. If you haven’t done it this year, have your HVAC unit serviced. Other ways to reduce your bill are managing the temperature settings on your thermostat and reducing the heat coming into your home.
Have an HVAC Pro Service Your Unit
Yes. You will have to pay your HVAC professional to service your unit. However, this is money well spent. Keeping coolant at appropriate levels helps your unit run much more efficiently. Your service technician can also check for leaks and perform tasks like cleaning the evaporator and condenser coils. This will greatly improve heat transfer and increase the efficiency of your unit. Your professional service technician can also help troubleshoot your system and will notice things a layman might miss. A well-maintained HVAC unit will be much more efficient, consume less energy, and last longer than one that is poorly maintained.
Lower Your AC Bill By Adjusting Your Thermostat
When it’s hot outside, it is nice to enter a nice cool home. However, the cooler we have our thermostat set, the higher our power bill is going to be. The Department of Energy estimates savings of about 1 percent for each degree of thermostat adjustment per 8 hours. Save money on your cooling bills by simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or away from home. Do this automatically without sacrificing comfort by installing a programmable thermostat. You can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.
Maximize the Benefit of Cool Air
Aside from managing your thermostat, making efforts to keep the cool air in and reducing the introduction of heat can help as well. Make sure you are maximizing the benefit of the cool air your system is providing. Check vents to make sure they are working properly and are not the victim of loose ductwork. You don’t want to waste money cooling the attic or crawlspace of your home. If you have guest rooms, or other rooms that are unused, close the vents and keep the door closed. This keeps you from wasting cool air on spaces that are unoccupied. Pay attention to doors and windows and minimize the amount of time that they are open. Close drapes and/or blinds during the day to keep sunlight out. Landscaping that provides shade to help keep sunlight from shining directly on your windows can help as well.