Do you remember how hot it was last summer? Do you remember the outrageous electricity bill you received after your kids ran the air conditioner all summer?
Don’t let that happen to you this summer.
Air conditioning is a wonderful and often a necessary – way to keep cool during the summer, but the costs can add up quickly. But keep in mind that there are a few steps you can take to limit the amount of electricity you are using during the summer months.
Here are some tips to help you cut down on your electricity bills this summer.
Check Air Conditioner
The first thing you should do is to check how efficient your air conditioner is. In particular, it is a good idea to have a HVAC specialist come how and inspect your air conditioner.
Specifically, they need to examine your air conditioner to see if there are any leaks. Leaks are a huge energy drain. They should also make sure the ducts are sealed tightly and not allowing cool air to escape. Finally, the technician should do a quick check to make sure the compressor and condenser are in good working order.
An inspection will cost anywhere form $40-$140, but the cost is worth it if you will save money on your electricity bill.
Reduce On Time
The second step is to think about ways to reduce the amount of time your air conditioner runs during the summer. Determine the lowest setting that you can handle and set the thermostat to that level.
Also, check all your windows to make sure that they close tightly and are not allowing cool air to escape. Make sure that you keep doors and windows closed during the day so that the cool air doesnt get out.
You might also consider purchasing a portable air conditioner (cost $300-$700) and using that rather than relying on the central air conditioner. Portable ac units are much cheaper to run and you can even move them from room to room. Some homeowners rely on portable air conditioners to keep their bedrooms cool at night while leaving the central air conditioner off during the evening hours.
These are a few ways that you can save money on your summer electricity bills. Keep the thermostat a few degrees higher and make sure no cold air is escaping. Make sure your kids know these rules as well.
By taking these steps, you will make sure to save case on your summer electricity bills.
Jane Dabad is the lead writer at The Air Conditioner Guide blog. For more information, check out these helpful guides: Should You Buy a Windowless Air Conditioner, Free Standing Air Conditioner Reviews, and Small Portable Air Conditioner Reviews.
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