Don’t let air conditioning blow your money away!

Don’t let air conditioning blow your money away!

6 ways to lower AC costs this summer and still keep cool

We’ve experienced some incredibly warm weather this season—and summer is still a month away! As the temperature continues to rise, so does the need to keep your home cool and comfortable.

Running an air conditioning unit can increase your monthly bills. Luckily there are a number of proactive measures to take that can help keep your energy bill from skyrocketing over the warm summer months. The following tips will help you pay less when you need to keep your home cool.

Tips that will help you reduce your air conditioning bill

Use fans

Fans use roughly 1/60th the amount of energy that an air conditioner does. Ceiling and portable fans work wonders when it comes to helping you cut back on air conditioning needs—saving up to 40% on electricity costs.

Fans don’t actually cool the air, but they make it feel cooler by moving air and pulling body heat away from your skin. In fact, the use of a ceiling fan can actually make a room feel 10 degrees cooler.

Avoid heat build-up

When the outdoor temperature exceeds the temperature inside your home, try to avoid activities that generate a lot of heat. The kitchen is a hot spot, so avoid cooking indoors and take advantage of the great outdoors. Grilling is a great option.

Avoid running the dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer when the temperature is high and save these activities until after dark, once the temperature has dropped.

Computers, stereos and televisions are also big heat-generators. Avoiding them during the heat of the day will help you stay cool and save on electricity .

Close window treatments

Whatever type of window treatments you have in your home, you will see significant savings if you prevent solar heat gain by keeping them closed during the day—especially on the sunny side of the house.

Highly reflective blinds, light in colour, can reduce heat gain by about 45 percent because they better deflect the sun’s scorching rays. If you’re looking to replace your existing blinds, consider installing insulated and reflective shades that will also help save you money during the colder months ahead.

Tell you’re AC unit what to do

Cooling your house when you’re not around to enjoy it is a big waste of money. Use a programmable thermostat to program to work at higher temperatures while you’re at work and cool down right before you get home.

Air conditioning systems operate most efficiently at full speed during longer periods of time. Having your unit work at a lower temperature only when you’re home will save more money than having it cycle on and off while you’re away.

Open windows at night

Cross ventilation is a very simple cooling technique. Opening windows in your home will help circulate air and bring in the cooler outside air to replace the overheated indoor air. This is particularly helpful in regions that cool off at night.

Give your AC a check-up

This is the most important tip on the list. Your AC unit won’t be able to work hard to cool your home if it’s not working as well as it should be. Routine air filter changes can save 5 to 15 percent in energy use, and annual maintenance will significantly improve the efficiency of your equipment.

Regular maintenance will also identify problems before they become serious issues and assists in the increased lifespan of your unit. It’s important to have the refrigerant, evaporator coil, compressor, and condenser examined by a certified professional—like us!

If your air conditioner is more than ten years old, it could be time for a new one. Swapping out the old unit for one with greater efficiency will save plenty of energy and a good chunk of change.

If your air conditioning unit is in need of maintenance, repair, or replacement, give us a call to come inspect your unit.

You can reach our friendly, experienced team at 250-465-2490. Or send an email to office@trcs.ca

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