9 Tips To Reduce Costs Of Air Conditioning
Heating and air conditioning homes takes up a large chunk of energy costs for your home. Most homeowners see their electricity bill climbing as summer temperatures soar. There are however a variety of ways to cut down on utility bills and ensure that the cooling is optimal and well maintained.
- Air conditioning costs can be reduced by using fans along with running your AC simultaneously. This boosts the effects of air conditioning, dispersing cool air better throughout the home.
- A programmable thermostat is a good idea to control the use of the air conditioning device while away from home. This ensures that you give the AC a break when you are away from your home, cutting costs.
- Basement vents or other vents around the home must be appropriately covered and closed. This ensures that there is no seepage or loss of cooling from the home. The basement vents need to be closed, as this is an area that naturally stays cool most of the time.
- When considering air conditioning costs, pay attention to how well insulated your home is. Often faulty insulation leads to significantly higher costs in air conditioning and also heating your home. Make sure you fix any problems in insulation that exist in your home.
- Consider upgrading your device, if you air conditioning unit is quite old. Over 8-10 years ago, units manufactured weren’t as big on energy savings as they are today. Wear and tear also makes the units run poorly, so regular maintenance, servicing and clean up of the unit is important. When choosing an energy star, air conditioning unit, you also save in the form of tax rebates, tax credits or other advantages and offers.
- Use CFL and LED lights in place of incandescent ones. They generate less heat in the home and saves money on replacement and electricity costs too in the long run.
- Planting leafy trees and a good garden around your home gives a cooler effect. The leafy trees provide shade and also prevent more sunlight from reaching the inside of your home, providing cool relief and breezes during peak summer months. This boosts the air conditioning units efficiency by ten percent according to the U.S. department of energy.
- Solar screens or mesh window screens help to intercept 70 percent of the sun’s heat. Window screens are also quite effective especially on east and west facing windows according to the U.S. department of energy. Transparent, metalized window films are also a good choice to reflect heat so less heat is trapped inside your home. However, window films work when windows are shut, while solar screens are effective whether your windows are open or closed. Keeping the heat out, boosts efficiency of air conditioning units and cuts AC costs.
- Decrease indoor heating, by using heating and microwaves less during peak hours of summer heat. This allows you to cut down on heat levels and also makes you get greater effectiveness out of your air conditioning unit. Removing heat and moisture at the source, helps to sort out your worries about rising AC costs.
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