Whether it’s jumping into a refreshing pool or gazing at a long sunset, summertime usually brings us the best memories. However, some days, the summer weather can be overbearing, and we find ourselves escaping indoors, grateful for air conditioning.
With heating and cooling costs accounting for 50 percent of a home’s energy bills, according to the Department of Energy, it’s smart to look for ways to stay cool and safe by spending our money wisely.
Make Sure Your AC Filter is Clean
Try to clean or replace filters every three months or less. Air filters work by trapping allergens and pollutants flowing through your ductwork, keeping you from breathing them in. Once the filter is packed, your A/C system works overtime to deliver cold air, resulting in higher bills.
Avoid Hot Chores
Delay any heat-producing tasks, such as dishwashing, baking, or laundry, until the cooler night or early morning hours. Grilling out will keep your kitchen from overheating and going into overtime.
If your windows aren’t sealed properly, chances are they’re leaking air, causing your air conditioner to work more. Simply caulking and weather-stripping your windows will prevent cool air from escaping. Keep blinds or shades down during the daytime hours to prevent your air conditioner from overworking.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
Having a programmable thermostat is an efficient way to save money on your electric bills. These devices work by adjusting the temperature of your house while you’re away or sleeping. According to the Department of Energy, you can save up to 10% annually by adjusting the temperature in your home by seven to ten degrees for eight hours a day.
If the heat cools down, open up the windows and let the fresh air inside. Open windows reduce your bills, and the fresh air does wonders for our moods. In the morning, seal up the house again.
Schedule A/C Maintenance
Scheduled maintenance is crucial for identifying potential maintenance issues and preventing minor problems from becoming big problems.
For more ways to maintain your air conditioner, visit the Energy Department page.
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