Summer is here and so is the heat that comes with it. While everyone is using their AC as a way to keep cool; some people are paying more than others because of the energy that is used. If you want to use your AC to feel comfortable throughout the summer, but also want to save money on your energy bills, follow the list of tips we have compiled.
Utilize Your Basement
If you have a finished basement, you can save money on AC by spending more time down there and keeping the thermostat higher. If you are able to, you could even sleep in the basement on the extremely warm nights since basements are the coolest room in any home.
Ceiling fans are a great way to stay cool during the summer months. If you are able to, it’s ideal to get them installed in the rooms you use most. If not, box fans work well too. It’s beneficial to keep the fans on the upper levels of your home while you leave the windows open on the first floor.
Avoid Using the Oven
Since ovens give off plenty of heat, your AC unit will go into overdrive as the heat escapes into the main level of your home. Great alternatives for cooking during the summer months are crockpots, outdoor grills and counter top toaster oven to dodge the unnecessary oven heat.
A natural way to keep your home cool during the hot summer months is to strategically plant trees and shrubs around your yard. By shielding your house from the hot sun that heats your home, your AC will get to rest. It is also beneficial to plant trees and shrubs around your AC unit. This will protect it from the sun and elements, prolonging its life and quality.
Window shades, thick drapes and solar screens all help keep the heat out of your home during the day, which means your AC unit won’t have to work at max capacity to cool your home. Window covers like solar screens can be expensive to buy, but they pay for themselves quickly by lowering summer energy bills as you use the AC less often.
Maintain Your AC Unit
If your filters and fans on your AC unit are dirty, it will put a strain on the unit causing it to work harder. The unit will work less effectively and in return cause higher energy and maintenance costs. Routine AC tune-ups will help your unit run more effectively and prolong the life of your unit.
It is important to stay cool all summer long but without spending the extra unnecessary money on high energy bills. If you are having issues with your AC unit or would like to get a tune up, please give Attilio Plumbing, Heating & Cooling a call at (610) 277-5698. We will help identify any problems with your unit and make necessary repairs or suggestions. Our certified HVAC technicians will also make sure it is in good standing for the hot summer days ahead. We look forward to hearing from you!