There are simple ways you can keep your air conditioner in top shape and running at maximum efficiency to help you cut down on your electricity bill. Oftentimes people wonder if it would be more cost-efficient to turn your air conditioner off when you leave your house and then to turn it back on when you get home. Although it’s not that simple because it takes time for your air conditioner unit to get up and running to cool your house down. So the solution to this problem is programmable thermostat units. There are all different types, there is a basic programmable thermostat, some include wifi options, some that can be controlled from your smartphone. What’s recommended is that you keep a 5 to 8-degree swing with your air conditioning unit temperature when nobody’s home to keep your energy costs down. Oftentimes in summer, there is more rain, animals, and yard debris that collects around your air conditioning units. It is vital to keep the outside of your air conditioning units free and clear of any debris or grass so that your A/C unit can get enough airflow to function properly. Since your compressor already generates heat, the hotter it gets outside with it’s airflow restricted, the more energy it will have to use to cool down your house. Not only does having restricted airflow cause your air conditioning unit to use more energy to function but it also increases the likelihood of your A/C unit failing.
Another major way you can save money on your electrical bill is by replacing your air conditioning unit filters at the proper time. You should pay more attention to your air conditioning unit filter if you have pets because their fur will collect on your A/C unit’s filter and clog it. It’s recommended that you change out your air conditioning unit’s filter every thirty days, this is especially true if your a/c unit uses smaller air filters. A good way to remember is to change out your A/C unit filter when you pay your utility bill. Another cost-effective way to maintain your energy usage in your house is to check your insulation levels. If your insulation is below seven inches with an R-19 level, you should add more insulation so that your households in heat when it’s cold outside and stays cool when it’s hot outside. Even though it costs money to spray more insulation, you will save more money in the long run on your energy bill. On average, your HVAC unit contributes about 60% to 70% of your energy bill. If you have ceiling fans, you should run them which can make the temperature in your house feel about six to seven degrees cooler and they only cost a few pennies a day to run.
There’s no doubt that having an inefficient air conditioning unit that dominates your energy bill can be frustrating, but by implementing these simple tips you can cut back on energy costs. Doing so will keep your family cooler this summer and lowers your energy bill significantly.