How Can I Save Money on Air Conditioning This Summer?
Glenn Aire wishes our neighbors in Granbury, TX a happy summer! We know you’ll probably have your AC on for longer stretches of time (we certainly will). So, we provided this list of tried and true methods to reduce your energy consumption and save you money this season:
1. Seasonal Cleaning
The beginning of summer is a great time to make sure your AC unit is in good shape. You should replace your air filters, and check to see if the coils are clean. Also, look for any various debris (sticks, leaves, dirt) on your outdoor unit, and make sure to clear it off. Give us a call at 817-736-1012 to schedule a routine maintenance inspection and cleaning. We’ll give your HVAC system the red carpet treatment!
2. Opening Windows
Before the climate becomes too unbearably hot, you can save money by switching your AC off. You can use the natural breeze that comes through your windows to cool the home, and save the AC for when you really need it.
3. Outdoor Cooking
Summer is the optimal time for cooking outside. Whether it’s charred on the grill, or roasted over the campfire, outdoor cooking is a great way to keep it cool inside. When left on, the oven drastically increases the temperature in your home, and makes the AC unit work twice as hard.
Installing curtains and blinds is a simple way to keep things cool. Providing the proper shade for your house decreases heat gain, and can save you money on AC usage.
5. Using Natural Light
During the sunniest season, with the longest periods of daylight, you receive tons of free lighting. Leaving the lights off during the day can help you save on electricity and reduce your footprint on nature.
6. Utilizing Fans
Fans can help lower the temperature in your home, and use much less electricity than your AC unit. Sometimes, they do the trick when the AC isn’t quite necessary.
7. Properly Insulating
Make sure your walls and windows are properly insulated. Good insulation allows cold air to remain trapped inside, and prevents hot air from creeping in. You can run your AC unit for shorter increments of time, as it will stay colder longer.
8. Automatic Thermostats
Programmed thermostats are a fantastic way to save money. In fact, you can knock up to 10% off your energy bill by investing in one. You set the times that the AC runs, so you don’t have to remember to switch it on or off. The programmable thermostat is ideal if you’re forgetful and want to save money.
9. Sealing Your Ducts
If your ducts aren’t properly sealed, then the cool air, along with your money, is being wasted. Leaks in your ductwork can increase your energy bill by up to 30%. It’s important to have your ducts inspected and sealed to prevent this from happening.
The team at Glenn Aire hopes you’ve found this information useful. Please give us a call or request service online if you’d like to schedule a repair or maintenance inspection. To see if you’re in our service area, click here.