There are creative ways to cool your house down in summer, but the scorching heat does require some good air conditioning every now and then. You don’t have to suffer all summer trying to fit into the refrigerator to save money, you can use your AC, enjoy the cool breeze, and save up all at once! The best part is that reducing AC bills doesn’t only save money, it also reduces the emission of greenhouse gasses. Here are a few tips to reduce your AC cost.
1. Use energy-efficient windows
Try investing in energy-efficient windows. It’s a one-time investment that will reduce your cooling expenses in the long run. These windows have insulative coatings that help keep the cold out in winters and the heat out in summers. They are reflective, so they do not absorb excessive heat. The already cooler air reduces the burden on the AC to maintain a certain temperature.
2. Prevent air leaks
Old windows or loose window bearings will leave certain gaps and openings from where the cool air can escape. The effort that your AC makes to keep the room cool will be futile if the cool air keeps leaking. By sealing these leaks using sealants, your AC will maintain the temperature faster, so it doesn’t have to run longer, thereby saving energy and cost.
3. Install programmable thermostat
It may seem unlikely, but many homeowners forget to turn off their AC when going to work, school, the kitchen, or at night. The useless running of the AC is a major reason for extra electricity bills. Thus, try investing in a smart AC controller or automatic thermostat. When you leave home, the AC will automatically switch off when you are a certain radius away. Similarly, by setting up the thermostat, the AC will switch off when a set temperature is achieved. This smart use of technology can help save a lot of wasted energy.
4. Frequently clean AC filters
The efficiency of your AC depends on how well its parts function. One of the major contributors to AC working is the filter. It filters out the air for contaminants and maintains the smooth flow of hot air in and cold air out. Over time, the filter gets dirty with dirt, dust, and debris. If the filter isn’t clean, the dirt will clog it preventing the flow of air. The AC will use more energy to pull air into the compressor from the clogged-up filter. Thus, clean the filter every week during summer to make sure your AC isn’t tired. In the long run, this can lead to permanent damage which will be costly to repair,
5. Don’t skip maintenance
On average the AC needs to undergo full maintenance twice every year. This maintenance keeps your system running at full capacity. However, if you keep pushing off the maintenance, the problems may build up, reducing the efficiency of the system giving you a big bill at the end of the month, and may also lead to a breakdown.
A few easy steps and genius tricks can help you reduce your AC bills by half. Trying to save up and being conscious about your energy consumption and environment is a great initiative and an easy one too. Just follow the above-mentioned tips to protect your money and the ecosystem.