How To Reduce Your Energy Bill This Summer
By All-Temp Heating & Cooling
Your heating and cooling uses the most energy out of any appliance on your energy bill. According to Energy Star, the average household spends more than $2,200 with nearly half going toward heating and cooling costs. As the summer heats up, many homeowners believe they have to sacrifice their wallet to stay comfortable – but this is not true! The cost of staying cool should not break the bank, so we have provided 6 tips to make sure you beat the heat and reduce your energy bill.
Maintain Your AC Unit.
Your air conditioner may be running properly with no signs of any needed repair, until you notice your utility bill skyrockets or your unit breaks down. By having a technician service your HVAC system twice a year, you can avoid a surprise increase in your energy bill. Your All-Temp technician catches problems before they arise in the preventative maintenance checkup, saving you money in the long run.
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Utilize Your Ceiling Fans.
Although ceiling fans use a small amount of electricity, they can save a large amount on your bill. Ceiling fans move around the air creating a wind chill effect. This allows the indoor air to feel cooler than the actual temperature. By utilizing ceiling fans, homeowners can raise their thermostat without feeling any difference in temperature.
Invest In A Programmable Thermostat.
A programmable thermostat has energy saving settings to adjust the temperature throughout the day. You can control your home’s temperature from a mobile device and set the thermostat to alter when your home is vacant. This thermostat can be helpful when no one is home during the day or long periods of time. Energy Star estimates programmable thermostats can save up to $180 a year on heating and cooling costs.
Seal Your Windows/Doors.
A large portion of your home’s heating and cooling bill can be due to air leaking through your windows and doors. During the summer, warm air can enter as cool air escapes. As your cool air leaks through the cracks, your air conditioner works to maintain the thermostat temperature. In turn, air leaks cause your air conditioner to use more energy. Caulking and weather stripping your windows and doors is a simple solution to air leaks, which can save on energy usage.
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Keep a Clean Air Filter.
Your air filter determines the productivity of your air conditioning system. A clean air filter helps airflow successfully pass into your home, whereas a dirty air filter would cause your system to struggle. Your unit has to work harder to push air through the clogged air filter, which uses more energy and can lead to a rise in your utility bills or a breakdown. A general rule of thumb is to replace your air filter every 90 days. Keeping a clean air filter helps reduce your energy usage and keep your bills low.
Close Your Blinds/Curtains.
To some homeowner’s surprise, heat can enter through your windows without them being open. Direct sunlight beaming into your home through your windows can cause unwanted heat gain and raise your utility bill. The heat entering your home causes your air conditioner to run and keep up with the thermostat temperature. To lower the amount of heat entering through your windows, keep your curtains and blinds closed during the day.
Don’t let an expensive utility bill run your summer. Follow these 6 simple tips to reduce your energy bill and keep your home cool and comfortable. For any air conditioning repairs this season, give us a call at (540) 712-8902!