Already this summer we are seeing very high temperatures and high humidity. There is no better feeling than walking into your air-conditioned house from the sauna-like weather outside. You’re living in bliss until you realize your air conditioning unit has been running non-stop for hours. Once your first energy bill comes after a full month of summer heat, you realize you’re going to have to find a way to cut down the amount of work your air conditioning system is doing. In this post we will look at four ways to reduce your air conditioning energy costs.
1. Replace your filters
How often your air conditioning system filter should be changed depends on your filter style, and the amount of dust, pollen, and other debris in your home. The key is to check it regularly. A clogged air filter inhibits air flow and puts stress on your unit. Studies have shown that a clean filter as opposed to a blocked one can reduce your electric bill by ten percent.
2. Don’t turn it off
If you’re going to be out of the house for a few hours, you should raise your thermostat to 80 degrees – do not turn it off. Dropping the temp down to the mid-seventies from 80 doesn’t put too much stress on your air conditioning unit, but dropping it down for 90 will negate any savings you may have gotten from having it set so high.
3. Reduce solar influence
The hot afternoon sun can heat up a room in no time. Before you leave for the day, make sure all shades are drawn. You can even invest in solar blocking curtains for especially effected windows in your home. Doing this can reduce air conditioning costs by 30 percent.
At Metzger’s Heating & Cooling of Kalamazoo, we carry top-of-the-line air conditioning units. A properly working central air conditioning system can save you big on your energy bill while providing you with the comfort everyone desires for their home. If you have been considering having a central air conditioning system installed, contact us today!