How to Save Money on Air Conditioning this Summer
Staying cool while indoors is a big priority for most folks throughout the summer months. Unfortunately, running the air conditioning in your home is a surefire way to increase your electric bill. No one wants to be sweating while trying to relax in their home, though, so here are a few ways you can run your air conditioner while also saving yourself some money this summer.
It’s All About Thermostat Placement
The thought may never strike your mind, but the placement of your thermostat can play a big part in how well your central air conditioning works. If your thermostat is situated on the wall right next to a window, your AC will likely power up more often. This is because your windows are hot due to outdoor temperatures and the thermostat will kick on thinking the room is warmer than it actually is.
Don’t Cool the Entire Neighborhood
If your home isn’t completely new or been recently renovated, odds are the cold air in your home is seeping out through worn down window and door seals, cracks, or your poorly insulated attic. If this concerns you, you have two options. One, you can schedule a home energy audit with your utility provider to inspect your home for leaks. Once they’ve checked out your home, they can make recommendations on how to get your home on a more efficient level. The other option is conducting the home inspection yourself. The way to do this is head outside and run your hand along the seals of your doors and reachable windows. If you can feel cold air coming out, it’s time to take action. The next steps would include caulking around leaky windows and adding insulation around your doors.
Raise the Temperature When You’re Not Home
If you’re under the impression that keeping your air conditioner at the same temperature when you leave the house saves you money because the air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to cool your home, you might want to think again. One of the best ways to save money on your cooling bill is to turn your thermostat up when you’re out of the house. Cooling systems operate best at full speed for longer durations of time. So, shifting your air conditioner to a lower temperature when you get home will save you much more money than having your AC cycling on and off while you’re gone at work for eight hours a day. If your thermostat is programmable, this step is super easy.
Keep these tips in mind now that June is almost upon us. If you have any cooling needs, concerns, or questions, please get in touch with our team. You can reach us at 603-434-6353 or by filling out an online contact form!