Summer air conditioning bills can take a big bite out of your budget. If your HVAC system isn’t delivering its best performance, those bills can get even higher. When faced with poor energy efficiency, many people assume that they need to upgrade or replace their equipment, and sometimes this is the case. However, some older systems are still viable; they just need a little help to stay on track. Fortunately, there are simple, inexpensive ways to lower your cooling costs that don’t require you to invest in a high-profile Energy Star product. In fact, they don’t even involve sacrificing your personal comfort. Try the following five tips before giving up on your old AC.
Keep Your System Clean
Debris, dust and dirt have more of an effect on energy efficiency than you may realize. Keep your system well-maintained by replacing your air filters regularly, vacuuming your indoor vents and removing dirt and leaves from your outdoor components.
Stay in the Zone
If you have a zoned air conditioning system, take advantage of it. When temperatures soar, cool only the parts of the house that you use most often.
Watch Your Numbers
If you don’t have a zoned system, keep your thermostat set to 78 degrees when you’re home and 80 degrees when you’re away. It doesn’t take long to cool down your house by two degrees, and this simple habit can help you save up to 20 percent on your energy bill. If you tend to be forgetful, a programmable thermostat can fully automate the task.
Skip the Natural Light
Although leaving your drapes and blinds open helps reduce the amount of energy you expend on lighting, allowing the sun’s heat to enter your home can more than make up the difference in additional HVAC energy requirements. Instead of welcoming the summer sun into your living room, use light-blocking window treatments to keep it outside. To reduce indoor lighting costs during the summer months, install energy-saving light bulbs instead.
Let Dupuis Oil Check Your Progress
At Dupuis Oil, we understand that monitoring energy efficiency is critical for managing household bills, especially when outdoor temperatures are at their highest. As a family owned and operated company since 1898, we provide professional heating and cooling services that help our community stay comfortable and save money year-round. Visit us online to learn more about our products and services.