As all Texas residents know, the summer heat is no joke. That also means that your AC will get a good workout during those hot months. Due to this, your air conditioner efficiency might struggle to keep your home cool and, as a result, run a higher bill. Here are some tips from Efficient Systems that can help lower your AC bill.
Best Energy Saving Practices
System temperature setting
A key part of having an energy-efficient HVAC system during the summer depends on how you set the temperature. Setting your thermostat 10-15 degrees higher for a few hours a day is shown to help lower the bill. When you leave for work or out to dinner, set the temperature a little warmer.
This also goes for when you leave for vacation. Consider setting the AC higher when you leave – somewhere around 78. Keep in mind that the closer the indoor temperature is to the outside, the lower the cost.
Produce less heat inside
For the times you are home, there are still things you can do to help your energy efficiency. That includes limiting activities that produce more heat. For example, cooking on the stovetop or oven and running the dryer and dishwasher could produce heat. Instead, use your grill, hang dry clothes and hand wash dishes.
Make sure windows and doors are sealed
A big waste of cool air can occur if your windows and doors are not sealed properly. Before the heat of summer truly arrives, do a quick test on all the seals to see if you feel any air escaping.
There are also window treatments, such as different screens, that can help block some of the sunlight coming toward your window. You could also plant trees or other greenery to help block light. The less direct sunlight will keep the temperature down.
Have regular AC maintenance
A regular maintenance appointment with a technician will ensure that your air conditioner efficiency is top-notch for summer. Like most things, your AC system needs to be taken care of to keep running properly and avoid sudden breaks. Your AC tune-up and inspection can help lower your bill and give your optimal cooling.
On your own, it is important to replace dirty air filters in your home along with making sure the outside unit is clear of debris.
Ready For AC Maintenance?
Start practicing these things around your home and you can feel better about your AC bill this summer. If you need to schedule an appointment, contact the Efficient Systems Heating and Air Conditioning professionals for air conditioning maintenance in Beaumont.