Although some people look to the summer months with excitement, others tend to cringe. They think back to last year’s summertime cooling costs, and well, memories of those high home cooling bills can ruin anyone’s day.
The good news, is that there are steps you can take to reduce your AC bills this summer, while still staying cool.
If you’re worried about seeing a spike in your 2018 AC bill, you may want to keep the following things in mind.
Schedule springtime AC maintenance
The first step you’ll want to take when it comes to springtime AC maintenance in Lakewood involves replacing and/or cleaning your air filter. A system that’s running with an old, dirty filter will run inefficiently, which can lead to higher electricity bills. Some experts estimate you can save between 5 and 15 percent on your cooling bill by unclogging your filter.
Decide if it’s time to upgrade
If your system is more than a decade old, you may also want to consider investing in an upgrade. Newer systems that are energy star rated will cost far less money to operate than some of their older, less efficient counterparts.
Adjust the settings of your thermostat
Despite what your spouse, or children may think, there’s no reason to have the AC turned down to a level that would support having an ice skating rink in your living room. Adjusting the temperature, even by just a few degrees, can make a huge impact! In fact, studies have found that each degree a thermostat is set above 75, you’re likely to save an additional 10 to 15 percent on your cooling bill. Most experts recommend setting the thermostat at 78 degrees while your home, and somewhere between 82 and 85 degrees when you’re not.
Become a fan of fans
Ceiling fans are great- and in some cases, they can reduce your AC needs by as much as 40 percent. If you don’t have ceiling fans, or you’re wary about installing some, adding one or more portable fans to your home can also do the trick. Did you know that fans use roughly 1/60th of the energy that an AC unit uses? Suffice to say, it’s definitely worth becoming a fan of fans.
Cross ventilation is key
If the nighttime temperatures are favorable, consider opening your windows at night. If you’re able to open two or more windows, this can help circulate the air within your home, and it can also help bring the cooler, outside air, in.
Are you about to re-roof your home? You may not want to go with black
Much like a black shirt will attract heat on a hot, summer day, a black roof will cause the inside of your home to be warmer.
Have additional questions? Call Comfort Pros Heating & Air Conditioning today!
For more information on ways to save money on your cooling costs, or to schedule an appointment for springtime AC maintenance, call Comfort Pros Heating & Air Conditioning today at 303-945-4319.