When you're running your air conditioner daily in the summer, it is easy for your energy bill to get out of hand. While you may think that investing in a more energy efficient air conditioner is the only way to significantly lower your bill, there are a few simple things you can do to help keep your cooling costs down while you stay comfortable.
Clean or Change Your AC Filter Monthly
Maintaining the AC filter is one of the easiest things for homeowners to overlook. Just like a clogged furnace filter will do to your furnace, a clogged AC filter will reduce the efficiency of your air conditioner and force it to work harder to produce the same amount of cool air.
If your filter is a simple paper or fiberglass filter, you will need to replace it each month. Alternatively, you can choose to buy a high-quality reusable filter made from nylon. These filters can be washed instead of replaced and will also increase the air quality in your home by filtering out more dust and allergens.
Turn Down the AC When You Don't Need it
In the hottest weather, you have no choice but to run your air conditioner to keep your home livable. However, you may not realise how much you are increasing your energy bill by running your air conditioner when you don't need it. While everyone loves coming home to a cool house, it uses a lot of energy to leave your air conditioner running for the entire workday. You can also save energy by lowering your thermostat a few degrees while you sleep.
The best way to save energy and always be comfortable is to invest in a programmable thermostat. This will let you program the AC to turn off in the middle of the night and while you're at work, and turn on half an hour before you wake up and come home in the evening.
Limit Heat Buildup in the Home
Daily activities like using the oven or taking hot showers will naturally increase the temperature in your home and cause you to run the air conditioner longer. You should consider only using the stove in the evening when the sun has gone down. You can also use the exhaust fan in the bathroom to pull hot steam out of your home.
Sometimes, managing your cooling bill can be as simple as making a few changes to your daily routine. Use these tips to help keep your energy costs at a manageable level this summer. Contact a company like Hudson Hdwe Plumbing & Heating Inc for more tips.