Summer is upon us and that means turning on the air conditioner. Depending on where you are, you might not be thinking much about keeping your air conditioning costs down right now, but there are still plenty of things you should be doing that will help save some money on your heating and air conditioning bills.
1. Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced
A good air conditioner will last for about 20 years, but it still needs to be maintained. An air conditioner that hasn’t been serviced in a few years might not be working as efficiently as it should be, and that can add a lot to your utility bills. It’s best to have your air conditioner serviced or at least inspected before temperatures start to rise, so contact an air conditioner repair professional soon if you haven’t had an inspection in the last year. Air conditioner service is extremely affordable usually less than $200.
2. Install a Whole Home Humidifier
When it comes to keeping a home cool, humidifiers are often overlooked. After all, they only affect the amount of moisture in the air, not the temperature. While that may be true, having some moisture in the air can help your home feel cooler, especially if you live in a dry climate. Smaller humidifiers may work well if you live in an apartment, but the best option for a house is to have a whole home humidifier installed. These are directly connected to a building’s HVAC system and can affect a whole house. They can also be programmed just as easily as any modern furnace or air conditioner, so it’s convenient as well as useful.
3. Install a Programmable Thermostat
Most modern thermostats can be programmed to raise and lower the temperature automatically. Consider having a programmable thermostat installed if you don’t have one already, and set it to raise the temperature slightly when you aren’t home. This will ensure that your air conditioner doesn’t need to work constantly, and that will go a long way in keeping your air conditioning bills manageable.
4. Keep Lamps Away from your Thermostat
Many people don’t think about where they place their furniture. Lamps and other appliances that produce heat should be kept away from your thermostat. This could make your home seem hotter than it actually is and make your air conditioner work harder. You don’t need to rearrange your entire house, but you should rethink where you keep your lamps. Even cooler, more efficient CFL bulbs can generate a surprising amount of heat, and the last thing you want is for your air conditioner to work harder than it needs to.
Enjoy a nice cool summer indoors and save money with these simple tips. You will notice a difference on your energy bills. Who could use a little extra money in their pocket?
By Frank Prestwood