When it comes to your AC unit, you really only want it to serve one purpose: To keep your indoor air temperature at a cool and comfortable level. However, there is much more to this than you would initially think. IN fact, there is a lot that you can get out of your AC unit, and one of those things is to save money.
Save money? With Air conditioning? How?
Depending on your habits, and how your home is equipped, you could be saving money on air conditioning, even during the summer months, here’s how:
- Landscaping – Believe it or not, plants can help to keep your home cool. With extra greenery around your home, the humidity can help to keep the temperature down just outside of your home. It also provides shade from the sun and is a barrier for keeping the cool temperatures in.
- Thermal Window Screens – This is a great way to help keep you home cool, and energy bill low. With the right type of windows, and the right type of window screens, you can keep the cool air from seeping out, and the thermal screens help to keep some heat out. Windows tend to play a large role in the efficiency of an air conditioner.
- Vents – Making sure your vents are open and clear is extremely helpful for getting the most out of your air conditioning. First things first, make sure that none of your floor vents are covered, not even a little. This makes is more difficult for the airflow to reach the rest of the home. Make sure you move all furniture from covering floor vents. As for your regular vents, make sure that you do a walk through of your home, making sure that all of them are open. Because air conditioning units are so digitized, they need every vent open to work properly, so that they can calculate the necessary air pressure for cooling the home.
- Turn Down The AC – at night and during the day when you are out of the house, make sure to turn the air conditioning up to a higher than usual temperature. It’s not necessary to keep your home set to 72 degrees when no one is there to enjoy that comfort. Instead, set it to 78 degrees to keep the house from getting too hot and difficult to cool down. It saves money in two ways.
If you do all of these things to save on your energy bill, and you notice that the costs haven’t gone down, there might be issues with your current air conditioner. If this is the case, contact your local HVAC services for air conditioning repair.