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Everybody knows that when it’s summertime, the most miserable thing ever is to be stuck in a super-hot house with no AC. When the temperature cranks up, so does your air conditioning—and your air conditioning bill, too. However, you don’t have to shell out tons of money in order to stay cool and comfortable in the hot weather. Here are some tips on how to cut your cooling costs and use your AC in the most efficient and inexpensive way possible without losing energy and money.
You can choose a window treatment that is both functional and fashionable. A reason you might be losing money on your AC is because cool air is slipping out of the window cracks and/or sunlight is streaming in and warming the place up. In addition to making sure your windows are kept in good condition, you may also, want to try window treatment that will block the AC from slipping out and costing you money. Instead of turning up the AC higher and higher, first check to make sure that your windows have some sort of treatment because, according to a study, window treatments can block approximately 70% of solar energy from infiltrating your home.
Clean your AC
This should be a no-brainer, but unfortunately, it is something that many people neglect to do as frequently as they should. Cleaning your air conditioning vents ensures that your machine doesn’t have to work any harder than it needs to in order to provide cool air. When the vents are clogged, it’s more difficult for your air conditioner to push air through them. A dirty air conditioner uses more energy (and costs you more cash) than a clean one.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, if you raise your AC temperature two degrees, it will save you 14% on energy costs. However, you might be reluctant to do that in the hot weather. Instead of turning up the AC and sweltering, purchase fans that will circulate the air through your home. Keeping cool air flow moving around your house is a great way to maintain your place at a comfortable temperature without having to continuously decrease the AC temperature and spend exorbitant amounts of money.
Shade your AC
Don’t be afraid to get into gardening. If your air conditioner is by a window, planting a tree there will both shade the unit and also will be good for the environment. The US Department of Energy claims that preventing the sun from hitting your air conditioner will increase the efficiency of your air conditioner by up to 10%. A weeping willow tree, oak tree, and/or pine would be good choices for providing maximum shade.
Program your thermostat
You don’t need air conditioning blasting 24/7. Chances are, you’re at work during the day and aren’t home anyway. If you have a pet, he or she can stand to have the house a couple degrees (try the aforementioned two degrees, which will lower your costs 14%) warmer. If you purchase a thermostat that allows you to program when the AC turns on or off, that will cut your costs immensely. Why waste AC if you’re not going to be there to relax in it?
Don’t skimp on new units
Is your air conditioner getting a little old and worse for wear? Don’t be afraid to shell out for a new one—a new unit will save costs more than spending money on a deteriorating AC that uses more energy to pump out the same amount of air. Think of a new air conditioner as an investment that will pay off in the long run. If you are looking to purchase a new unit, it is best to consult with a professional, such as Bob Heinmiller, who is a reputable Orlando air conditioner company.
There’s no need to run up a huge bill just to stay comfortable. By implementing these cost-cutting tips, you’ll be able to enjoy your air conditioner without spending any more money than you need to.
Lautaro Martinez a homeowner and family man is always looking for new ways to save. If you would like to learn more about Lautaro and his saving strategies, you can check out his google+ profile.