Your residential air conditioner is one of the most power-hungry appliances in your home, especially in the height of summer when outside temperatures are neither comfortable or pleasant to experience. A constantly running air conditioner can greatly increase your energy bills, which can be a financial expense that can be hard to bear. Fortunately, there are a handful of things that you can do to reduce your air conditioning associated energy bills.
Use the Fans
Fans in your home are a great way to keep air moving, and will help improve ventilation and create a passive breeze in your home that will help spread cool air around various rooms much more. This can help keep temperatures low, and reduce the amount of time that your air conditioner has to run in order to maintain a certain level of cool air.
While not necessarily a way to cool down your home, it can help prevent your house from warming up. Using your oven will necessarily increase the temperature in your home, particularly the kitchen, which will in turn raise the overall temperature of your home and can cause your air conditioner to work more. This is especially true if your thermostat is located near your kitchen, as your air conditioner may think that the temperature in your entire home is warmer than it really is and work overtime as a result.
Install a New Thermostat
If you and your family have a fairly standard schedule, it may be a good idea to consider installing a new programmable thermostat. Like their name would suggest, these types of thermostats can be programmed to turn your air conditioner on and off at certain times of day, which means that you can turn your unit off automatically when you head off to work or school and have it turn back on shortly before you return. This will help save you money on your energy bills without changing your habits or reducing your comfort level at all.
Window Films and Treatments
If you have a side of the house that receives a great deal of sunlight and thus heat, you may want to consider installing window films or treatments on the windows on that side. Window films are tinted to prevent heat absorption, whereas window treatments like blinds and curtains can simply be closed to block out the sun's heat and opened again once the sun has moved.Share
16 January 2018
Last winter, I became frustrated with how often our home was chilly and uncomfortable. It was really devastating to deal with the prospect of trying to stay warm at night and during the chilly days, but I realized that it might have something to do with our HVAC system. Instead of ignoring the issue, I decided that it might be best to contact a professional to check our system out. When the expert came out, he went through our machinery and found several issues. When it was fixed, the difference was amazing. Read more on this blog to find out how to improve your home heating system.