5 Tips to Reduce A/C Energy Costs

You may be thankful for your air conditioning when the temperatures skyrocket during the summer, but you may also be less than thrilled when your electricity bill comes. Keeping your home climate-controlled can account for at least half of your energy bill, costing a small fortune each month. As the days get hotter, your energy bill can get out of control. Here are 5 tips to help minimize your energy costs while still enjoying the benefits of A/C.

  1. Close your shades during the day. Use your window treatments to reduce sunshine and heat in your home by closing drapes or blinds in the morning.
  2. Use a programmable thermostat. If you have a programmable thermostat, use it. If you don’t have one, this is a good investment. Program your A/C for higher temps when you are away from home or during the night when you are sleeping.
  3. Invest in outdoor shade. Shading your home can have a big impact on your inside temps. Planting trees to shade from the afternoon sun can help reduce cooling costs. Outdoor awnings that shade windows and your A/C unit are also good investments.
  4. Schedule regular maintenance. Keeping your A/C unit in top condition can help reduce energy costs while preventing breakdowns. Schedule regular service at least twice a year.
  5. Use fans. Even with A/C, fans can offer a cooling effect as they circulate the air and the movement cools your skin. You can set the A/C temp higher while still enjoying a cooler home.

If you have an older A/C unit, this can also contribute to higher energy costs. You may want to consider investing in a newer, more energy efficient unit that could pay for itself with lower electricity costs.

Posted on behalf of:
ClimateSmith, LLC
Alpharetta, GA
(770) 475-9555

Earth-Conscious and Cost-Effective Air Conditioning

When it comes to cooling your home, there are ways to stay comfortable while saving on energy costs and doing your part to help save the planet. 

If you have an older air conditioning system, replacing it with a more up-to-date and efficient model can actually pay for itself over time in money saved on energy bills. A new air conditioner can make a very real difference in your energy usage on a monthly and annual basis. 

Another great way to save money by using less energy is to install a programmable thermostat that will raise and lower temperature settings automatically when your family is out of the home or sleeping. Looking into having the duct-work within your home sealed can also prevent energy loss through leakage. Keep in mind, while you’re looking for ways to boost your cooling system’s efficiency, that many tasks related an air conditioning will require the attention of a professional. 

A licensed and experienced HVAC contractor in your area can help you find a variety of ways to save money, reduce your impact on the planet and lower your carbon footprint without sacrificing comfort. In some cases, measures as small as the installation of a few ceiling fans for even weather stripping can make a noticeable difference. Making sure that you change your air filters as scheduled and that your HVAC system is serviced on a regular basis is essential to energy efficiency. By reducing breakdowns and keeping your system at peak performance, you can get the most out of it without forcing it to waste energy or work too hard.