Summer is here. The sun is out and the heat is rising. The best part about summer is being able to go outside and enjoy the (sometimes too) warm weather. The worst part of summer is when that (sometimes too) warm weather doesn’t stop at the front door and finds its way into your home. Here are a few ways to keep the heat at bay, and save on your A/C bill.
Programmable Thermostats are a great way to cut down on your bill. Instead of turning on your A/C and letting the air run all day, use a thermostat to turn the air on and off as you need it. There is no need to cool an empty room while you’re at work for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.
2. Check and Clean Air Filter
Be sure to keep a clean filter in your A/C unit. A dirty filter will cause the A/C to work harder to keep the house cool at a fraction of its efficiency.
3. Use Window AC Unit
If you spend most of your time in one room, then a window unit would be perfect to keep cool. Window air conditioning units use much less energy than central air systems.
4. Window Shades
When the sun shines through the windows of your home up to 90% of the sunshine passes through the glass as heat. To keep the sun from heating your home, you can apply window film, shades, blinds or curtains.
Ceiling fans do not cool air, they circulate it. Therefore if the room is hot, the fan will continue to circulate hot air. With this in mind, using a fan in addition to your air conditioning can work wonders. Raising you’re a/c to 78 degrees versus 72 or 75 will save you plenty on you electric bill. Remember, the closer you set your thermostat to the temperature outside, the less it has to work. Work = $$$
LED light bulbs will help you a couple of ways. The first way is that LED lights use energy efficiently. Since there is no energy wasted, unlike incandescent bulbs, there is no heat created as a byproduct. These LED bulbs will keep your home from raising a few degrees and lower your electric bill simultaneously.
Just because the heat is rising this summer doesn’t mean your living expenses have to increase as well. These tips should help you stay comfortable indoors this summer.