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At last, it looks like summer is on its way. After a long winter, we all look forward to the warm days of summer. We also look forward to comfortable sleeping at night, thanks to air conditioning. If the summer brings a heatwave, our A/C will work hard—and that means higher energy bills. Here are the best ways to reduce your air conditioning bill this summer, so you can enjoy the luxury without going broke.
Have Your A/C Serviced
Keeping up with the maintenance of your entire HVAC system keeps it running efficiently. Keep your regular scheduled maintenance checkups with a trusted HVAC professional.
Cover the Windows
Cover your windows from the inside with window treatments that block out the sun when necessary.
You certainly want to enjoy the bright sunlight, but in the heat of the day, closing curtains, blinds, and shades help cool things down and gives the air conditioner a break.
Turn On the Ceiling Fans
Spin your ceiling fans counter-clockwise in the summer to push the air down, creating a gentle breeze.
Sometimes after a long winter of no use, the dust bunnies are quite large, so be sure to clean off the fan blades first. Ceiling fans aren’t only useful—they also come in many styles to add to a room’s atmosphere. If you don’t have ceiling fans, consider having them installed.
Cool Off at Night
Take advantage of the dark and cooler air in the evening by opening up the windows while you sleep. Not only will you benefit from the fresh air smell, but the house will also naturally cool down through the night. In the morning, close everything up to lock in the cool air.
Keep the Systems Fan on Constant
Rather than setting the house fan to auto, instead leave it running constantly so the air is always circulating. This helps keep the house cool, and also creates less work for the entire system. The air won’t kick on as often as it would without the fan, and the fan doesn’t have to expel extra energy turning off and on all day long.
In conclusion, reduce your air conditioning bill by maintaining your HVAC system so it’s efficient, take advantage of fans and the coolness of night, and block out the sun when possible. Other than that, enjoy the sunshine and warmth outside, in addition to the coolness of an efficiently cooled home.