Keep AC Air Filters Clean –
it’s important to keep in mind that the more your air conditioner has to run trying to keep your home cool, the more you’re going to pay in energy bills. Likewise, if your air conditioner is overworked in an attempt to keep up with the demand for cool air, it’s going to use more energy. The best way to ensure you’re getting energy efficient cooling is to make sure that you keep the air filters clean. Many air conditioners will actually freeze up during the summer months because of poor air circulation. The air conditioner will work hard at trying to draw air through the system, but blocked air vents or a dirty air filter will eventually lead to higher utility bills as well as HVAC problems such as icing or a complete AC breakdown. If you want to make sure that your air conditioning system is able to work as efficiently as possible, make sure that you change air filters regularly and move furniture and other items away from air intake vents.
Annual HVAC Maintenance –
keeping your cooling system running efficiently will also require a little preventative maintenance before the start of each cooling season. This HVAC maintenance should be performed by a licensed and certified HVAC technician. At TemperaturePro Milwaukee, we offer maintenance plans for our customers in Milwaukee as well as Ozaukee County, Washington County, Germantown, Mequon, Menominee Falls, and many cities in the surrounding area. Our HVAC maintenance plan is designed to ensure that your HVAC system is not only operating at its peak of energy efficiency, but it can also be an important factor in helping to reduce repair bills. One of our certified HVAC technicians will come to your home and provide comprehensive maintenance service, such as lubricating all moving parts, checking the HVAC controls, and inspecting electrical connections. Our service technician will also calibrate your thermostat, and completely clean the system so it can provide reliable operation. This service is an important step in keeping summer cooling bills as low as possible.
Energy efficient cooling system –
many homeowners don’t realize that they could be losing a great deal of their conditioned air to leaking ductwork. The ducts might have holes or be poorly sealed. This means that you’re wasting valuable cooling dollars by letting the conditioned air leak out before it even reaches the interior of your home. It’s a good idea to make sure that all ducts are sealed and in good condition. Additionally, if you have an older air conditioning system, you might want to consider buying a new high efficiency HVAC system. Today’s newer cooling systems offer advanced technology that will provide quality cooling with less energy. This can be a great way to lower those high energy bills.
If you have an air conditioner that is more than 10 years old, you might want to consider the benefits that a new air conditioner can provide. Older systems are not only less energy efficient, but they are often more expensive to keep running as well. As your air conditioner ages, it naturally loses efficiency, especially as parts and various components begin to break down. A cooling system that is more than ten years old can experience unreliable performance, but it can also have repair issues that just add to your cost of keeping your home cool. A new air conditioner might be more affordable than you imagine. After all, with lower cooling bills and fewer repair issues, your high efficiency air conditioner can often pay for itself in a short time.
Use Shades or Blinds to Block the Sun –
an important way to help your air conditioner keep your home cool is to reduce or minimize heat buildup in the first place. Take a look around your home. Are there windows that are hit with direct sunlight? At different times in the day, you’ll probably notice that the sun will be more intense in some rooms. There are a number of ways to naturally help keep your home cooler, which, of course, is a great way to lower summer cooling bills. For example, you can block direct sunlight from heating up the interior of your home if you strategically place trees and shrubs in your outdoor landscaping. If they can block the sunlight from directly hitting your home or windows, this can help reduce energy costs. Additionally, closing shades and blinds can go a long way in helping to block the heat of the sun from entering your home. When you take steps to keep the interior of your home as cool as possible, your air conditioner won’t have to work so hard to bring the temperature back down to a comfortable level. The less work you demand from your cooling system, the less you’ll pay in utility bills.
Use Ceiling Fans –
Many people have ceiling fans in their home, but they either don’t use them regularly or they don’t have them set properly. Your ceiling fan should have a little switch on the side of the housing. This switch will reverse the direction that your fan turns. Given the fact that hot air rises, in the winter you’ll want to set your ceiling fan to push warm air back down into the room. However, during the hot months of summer, you should switch the direction of your fan so that it is able to pull warm air up and away from the lower areas of the room. This can be a big help in reducing warm air in your home, and it can help your air conditioner to run more efficiently while keeping the interior of your home nice and cool. In addition to using your ceiling fans, you might also want to use oscillating fans or box fans to help circulate the cool air. If you have a fan blowing gently, it can help keep you comfortable, even when you set your air conditioner to a slightly higher setting. By letting you adjust your thermostat up, you’ll save even more money on cooling costs.
Run your AC in a more Economical Manner –
One of the most effective ways to reduce summer energy bills is to run your air conditioner as economically as possible. The closer you are able to keep the inside temperature to the temperature outdoors, the less you’ll spend on summing cooling bills. Of course, as the outside temperatures soar, you’ll need to consider how warm you’re willing to keep the interior of your home. Even moving the temperature up a few degrees can make a big difference in how much you pay in energy bills. Similarly, if you’re coming in from outside and your home doesn’t feel as cool as you’d like, there’s no reason to go to extremes and move the thermostat down to a setting below where you normally keep it. This isn’t going to help your house get cool any faster, but it will likely lead to you forgetting about it until you realize that your home is far cooler than you had intended. Find a comfortable temperature and don’t be tempted to turn it down even lower. If you’re watching television and you feel a little warm, turn a fan on and enjoy the gentle breeze. This is often enough to cool you down and make you comfortable again.
Install a programmable thermostat –
a programmable thermostat can be a big help in reducing summer energy bills. You’ll be able to program your thermostat to cool your home when it’s needed the most. For example, at night when you go to bed, you can turn on the ceiling fan or a small oscillating fan to help you stay cool. If you do this, you can program your thermostat to set the air conditioner to a higher temperature. Similarly, if you’re away most of the day, you can program your thermostat to turn the air conditioner off or at least raise the temperature; then, program it to begin cooling to a comfortable temperature shortly before you arrive back home. There’s no reason to bring indoor temperatures too low, especially when you’re not even home to enjoy it. The use of a programmable thermostat can definitely help to keep energy bills down without having to sacrifice the comfort of your family. Many programmable thermostats can even be programmed from your SmartPhone or laptop, so it’s always convenient to set your air conditioner for the most energy efficient cooling.
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