Orem summers can be scorching, and many homeowners find themselves spending much more than they would like to on their utility bills. The good news is that it’s easy to save money while still keeping your home cool enough to be inhabitable. At Western Heating & Air, we recommend the following simple steps to keep your summer cooling costs low.
Help Your AC Perform its Best
Your air conditioning unit contributes substantially to your summer energy bills. If you keep the unit working at full efficiency, you’ll see impressive savings. Here are a few ways to boost efficiency:
- Schedule maintenance or repairs at the start of every summer.
- Check the air conditioner filters once a month and change them as needed. A dirty filter makes your AC unit work much harder.
- Install a programmable thermostat so you can reduce energy waste while you are out of the house or asleep.
- Leave your air vents open. Keeping some vents closed changes airflow dynamics and reduces cooling efficiency.
If your air conditioner simply isn’t working like it used to, you might want to consider replacing it. The upfront cost may not sound appealing, but you’ll save money in the long run because a new unit will be much more energy-efficient.
Make Other Smart Changes
A few small lifestyle adjustments can help you maximize cooling and minimize utility bills. Use your ceiling fans, close the blinds on any south-facing windows, and try to avoid using the oven and other large appliances that generate heat. On humid days, try to do chores involving water, such as washing the dishes, early in the morning or late at night as this will lessen indoor humidity and perceived temperature during the hottest part of the day.
If you’re ready to save money on your summer energy bills, contact Western Heating & Air today. We’ll be happy to answer your questions or schedule an appointment for any maintenance, repairs, or replacements you need.An Essential Air Conditioner Maintenance Checklist » « A Primer on the Essential Parts of AC Units