It’s that time of the year again where temperatures rise and so do your utility bills! According to the U.S. According to a spokesperson from the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American household spends $2,000 a year on energy bills, with almost half of the energy bill going to heating and cooling costs. Before you go ahead and turn up the A/C for the summer, check out these tips on how to lower your energy costs and consumption – and use those savings from your energy bills on a vacation this summer instead.
- Clean Air Conditioner Units and Vents
To put it plainly: a clear air conditioner is an effective one. The most important part of maintaining your unit to maximize longevity and efficiency is regularly replacing or cleaning the filters. Clogged air filters will block normal airflow, while dirt and debris that’s stuck in your unit will obstruct airflow and possibly impair the evaporator, leading to a more costly repair. Replacing a dirty filter in your A/C unit can lower your energy consumption by up to 15%.
- Use a Programmable Thermostat
If you’re trying to keep your energy bills low, then you shouldn’t be keeping the air turned on at all hours of the day and night. Our experts suggest lowering the temperature at night, then setting your thermostat higher during the day. But if you’re forgetful or not home enough to change your thermostat setting, we recommend installing a programmable thermostat that adjusts the temperature of your home, even if you’re not there. Our expansive selection of smart home control thermostats can help you save up to 20% on energy costs while allowing you to remotely raise and lower temperatures using your smartphone, receive system diagnostics and stay up to date on maintenance alerts.
- Take Advantage of Natural Ventilation
Enjoy the occasionally cool North Carolina evenings and eliminate your energy usage altogether by opening up windows when it’s cooled down. There’s nothing like sleeping with your windows open on a cool summer night!
- Close Curtains and Blinds
Leaving your blinds and curtains open during the day allows solar heat to pour into your home and warm your space, forcing your AC unit to work overtime. You can save 10-15% on your summer cooling costs by simply closing your blinds when you’re not home. Installing select blinds and drapes can also reduce heat gain in your home by up to 45%.
- Use a Ceiling Fan
Using a ceiling fan in your home allows you to run your air conditioner at a higher temperature while still being comfortable. By turning your ceiling fan counterclockwise during the summer, you’re able to pull cool air up to the ceiling and create a cooling wind that can help efficiently cool your home.
- Check for Proper Home Insulation
According to HouseLogic, upgrading your insulation can save you anywhere from 10-50% on your heating and cooling bills. Be sure to check your ductwork, attic, and basement for air leaks. Sealing your leaky ductwork ensures that your cool air isn’t leaking outside and the hot exterior air isn’t finding its way into your home.
- Service your HVAC
If you haven’t already, we recommend servicing your HVAC by one of our technicians before it gets too hot. The last thing you want this summer is to be stuck with a broken AC unit, so don’t wait! Schedule your regular maintenance appointment today.