As much as most of us enjoy some fun in the sun during the summer months, it is always a comforting feeling to open the door to your home and immediately experience a cool, welcoming temperature. The drawback is that air conditioners use a fair amount of electricity, driving up utility bills. Fortunately, there are a few things that homeowners can do to keep their home cool and comfortable without experiencing hefty utility bills.
Consider using a programmable thermostat. These are not too costly, although some of the fancier ones are a bit more expensive. A programmable thermostat allows for you to turn off or dial down the air conditioning while you are at work or on vacation. Most of these can be programmed with little effort and changes can be made at any time. Simply put, programmable thermostats allow you to enjoy the cool temperatures you want without throwing money away cooling a house when no one is home.
Another option to consider is to raise the temperature. For example, if you prefer your home to be a cool 70 degrees, perhaps you will find that you can easily tolerate 73, 74, or 75 degrees. Experts suggest that tiny incremental changes in the temperature can result in energy savings.
Lastly, it is very wise to contact a heating and cooling company to regularly perform a comprehensive tune-up of your air conditioner. This might seem counterintuitive for some. The reality is that even though you will have to pay for the service, your air conditioner will run more efficiently after being tuned-up, which translates into lower utility bills. When air conditioners are not running optimally, they are drawing more electricity than necessary, which can get expensive.
With these helpful tips, you can enjoy all of the benefits of using your air conditioning without breaking the bank. If your air conditioner isn’t running like it should, or you’d like to schedule a routine tune-up, contact the air conditioning experts at All Heating and Cooling today!