Everyone wants to save money and help the environment, but don’t let your enthusiasm make you take tips from just anyone. Some of the “helpful” recommendations that you find online or in popular opinion can actually lead to damage and air conditioner repair bills. Here are some of our tips to lower your monthly bills without harming your HVAC system.
Use A Programmable Thermostat
Most people don’t use their homes in exactly the same way, 24/7, but many people heat and cool their houses as if they did. Utilizing a programmable thermostat is an easy way to make sure that you’re not paying for more cooling than you need. For example, you can program the thermostat to allow the house to be warmer during the day when you’re at work, and to cool it down again starting an hour or so before you arrive home. Then, while you’re home, you can enjoy a comfortable temperature without spending the extra money and energy it requires to cool your house during the hours you’re away.
Clean The Filters
Cleanliness is very important for your system’s efficiency, and can make the difference between a smoothly functioning air conditioner and one that uses too much energy, cools unreliably, and that ultimately ages more quickly than it needs to. Be sure to regularly check, clean, and replace (if necessary) all filters. Remember, if you have dusty hobbies, pets, or other lifestyle factors (like smoking) that can cause filters to clog more rapidly, you’ll need to replace them more frequently.
Get A Checkup
When was the last time you had your HVAC unit serviced? Much like a vehicle, your air conditioner will run much better for much longer with regular maintenance. If you can’t remember the last time a qualified air conditioning repair professional looked at your unit, give us a call. We would love to make sure that your system is running as efficiently as possible.
- Change Your Thermostat Settings
The simplest solutions are sometimes the best. Did you know that changing your thermostat setting by 2 degrees Fahrenheit can save you up to 20% on your energy bills? This works in both directions. In the winter, lower the thermostat by 2 degrees. In the summer, try bumping it upward by two degrees. Give yourself a few weeks to become accustomed to the new temperature before concluding that it’s too uncomfortable.
Closing vents, altering air flow in your house, and other DIY “money-saving” projects can often backfire, causing more problems than they solve. Keep your system in great shape and save money by working with your air conditioner, not against it, and you’ll always be able to keep your cool.
Top 9 Air Conditioning Problems And Solutions – www.freedomhvaccal.com
5 Ways To Save Money On Air Conditioning – www.goodhousekeeping.com