5 Easy Ways to Lower Your Air Conditioning Bill This Summer
One of the biggest home expenses during the summertime is your home energy bill, a fact almost exclusively due to heavy use of your air conditioning system.
For many of us in Atlanta, operating the air conditioner is a non-negotiable part of the summer, so we simply deal with the extra costs incurred. Sitting back, doing nothing, and simply paying the increased bill is certainly one way to do it – but the fact is, with a little planning, you can save yourself money on your energy bills this month and every month this summer, without resigning yourself to sweating it out until Fall arrives!
Here are a few ways to save money on your AC bill each month and maintain a comfortable home temperature.
When purchasing window air conditioning units, it’s important to take into account the size of the room as well as the specific machine’s capabilities. Putting a large air conditioner in a small room isn’t adding any additional cooling benefits and only increases your energy bill. Instead, measure the room before you go shopping and only buy a window unit that’s designed for rooms within those dimensions.
Try A Newer Model
If you have an old or outdated air conditioning system, but don’t want to spend the money on a new one, you may want to reconsider – your old AC could wind up costing you more than a replacement would. Older air conditioning systems don’t run with the safety, efficiency and ease that newer models do. Older air conditioners also use more energy to do the same job. In the long run you will actually save money by upgrading your unit.
Adjust Your Settings
One of the easiest steps your can take to lower your energy bill this summer is to simply set the temperature a few degrees warmer than where you have set it in the past – you may realize that the low temperature setting you thought you needed is actually too low. Try to keep the thermostat set to between 72 and 78 degrees during the summer if possible. For every degree setting below 78, your energy bill will increase by up to 4%.
Keep It Shady
Planting trees or shrubs around your house, specifically on the west and south sides, will provide more shade to your house to the areas getting the most direct sunlight. By lowering your home’s exposure to the sun, the temperature inside will naturally be lower. Having your home in a shady spot can save you up to 30% annually. Also, installing awnings above windows or keeping shades drawn on the sunny side of your house can make a noticeable impact in your AC’s efficiency.
Don’t Let Heat In
Since the attic is directly beneath the roof, it’s the highest interior space in the home, so heat naturally collects there. The roof above is exposed to direct sunlight, and tends to be a dark color, maximizing heat absorption. Properly ventilating the attic area and using a sealant or barrier in your attic to insulate it from the house below can save you a great deal of money over the course of the summer, as all that heat is prevented from leaking downward and increasing the workload on your air conditioning system.
We hope you try some of these quick tips for making your air conditioning more efficient this summer. If you have any questions about the most efficient air conditioning solutions for your home, give us a call today!