Everyone loves a nice cool place in summer and a warm and toasty one in winter, however, blasting the air conditioner all day can really add up when that dreaded bill comes around. With a few smart measures, you’ll be able to keep your home at a nice temperature without having to break the bank.
Air conditioning can be expensive work, especially in those warmer months. Being savvy about how you use your unit can help you to save a lot of money. Here are our top air conditioning tips!
Inspect Your Insulation
Houses that do not have adequate insulation take a lot more energy to heat up in winter. Another advantage is that an insulated house doesn’t get as hot in the summer months. If your house is a few years old, it can be a good idea to check your insulation and see if it’s in need of an upgrade. There are many options that are quite affordable, and if you have access to the space under your floors, you may be able to change the insulation yourself. Otherwise, hiring a professional may be a good option, and the money you will save will likely cover its costs before long.
Keep Everything Closed!
Small cracks under windows and doors can make your air conditioning very inefficient. After all, you’re not trying to heat or cool the backyard! Sealing your windows is a cheap and effective way to save on your bills and usually all it takes is a bit of caulk or new runner lining under your windows. A door snake is a cheap and effective way to block airflow from inside to out. A home energy audit is a good way to determine whether your home holds in air. Alternatively, try it yourself. Go outside and walk around your house, feeling all of the cracks under doors and windows. If you can feel air getting out, it might be time for a fix.
Make Sure You Have a Thermostat Fitted
Do you have a thermostat fitted? If not, you should seriously consider getting one. Not only does a thermostat have handy timing functions, but it can save you a lot of money by keeping the temperature to a nice regular setting, meaning your unit won’t be working too hard. Turning on an air con unit and then blasting it uses a lot of power, especially if this is your regular cooling/heating method. A thermostat programs your air conditioner to stay at a regular level while you are at home and turns the unit off while you’re at work. Efficiency saves you money.
Use Curtains and Blinds
Blinds and curtains can act as a secondary layer of insulation. During summer, the shade stops heat from radiating in through the windows, while in winter thicker blinds and curtains can seal in heat. The thicker the blind or curtain the more effective it will be for insulating your home, and the less power you will have to use heating and cooling.
Make Sure Your Air Conditioning Unit Is Clean and Maintained
Making sure your air conditioning unit is in tip-top shape will go a long way to improving its efficiency. You can start by removing any dirt, leaf litter or debris from your condenser unit. Also be sure to check your air conditioner’s filter. If it’s dirty your air conditioner will be working a lot harder to push air through, costing you a lot of money. So make sure to clean or replace your filter.
If you have any questions about your AC system or would like to know more about installation, maintenance, or replacing filters, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing air con services of the highest quality. Get in touch with us today.