As the days get warmer during summer, you’ll be running your air conditioner more often. The cost of running your unit can quickly increase your monthly bill but have no fear! Here are a few ways to conserve energy and save money while still cooling your home.
Invest in a Smart Thermostat
Installing a smart thermostat in your home has become more common in the last many years. A system such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home will allow you to regulate your air conditioning unit when you’re away from home and set temperatures to change based on the time of day. You can set your system to have lower temperatures at night or utilize geofencing to automatically lower the temperature when you’re not home. Also, if you spend more time in specific rooms of your home, you can set your unit to cool certain rooms more than others. It allows you to save some money by only running your unit in specific areas and at specific times and not running it constantly when you aren’t home.
Close Your Blinds
For both north and west-facing windows, it is crucial to keep blinds closed. Keeping your blinds closed when it’s hot outside is a great way to significantly reduce the heat in your home and keep it cool. It also decreases how often you must run the AC, especially if you install blackout curtains to significantly reduce sunlight and heat in your home.
Turn on Your Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans are a cheaper alternative to running your air conditioner often. Fans help to circulate air evenly throughout your room and can work well on second-story homes to cool them down. Setting your fan to rotate counterclockwise and putting the speed on high will ensure your ceiling fan is cooling to the best of its abilities, reducing the time you run your AC and saving you money overall.
Adjust Your Temperature at Night
Using other energy-saving and cost-effective solutions during the day could allow you to run your unit more at night. It can be tough to fall asleep at night when you’re uncomfortably hot, so saving money and energy through other methods during the day will allow you to lower the temperature and use your AC at night to sleep comfortably.
Change Out Your Sheets and Pillows
You can switch your sheets and pillows to cotton, satin, or polyester to provide extra cooling during the night. These light and soft materials help ensure that you won’t overheat during the night and may not always have to run your unit to sleep comfortably.
Schedule AC Service
One of the most important things you can do to ensure your unit operates smoothly and cost-efficiently is to have it serviced regularly. Mr. HVAC performs regular tune-ups and inspections of your unit to make sure it’s working to its full potential. Our team of professionals has decades of experience in the industry, and we pride ourselves on impeccable craftsmanship and attention to detail.