Use your blinds and curtains
During the day, lower your blinds and/or pull your curtains. It is best to use blinds and curtains that are lighter in color. This will limit the amount of outdoor heat that will enter your home due to sun rays. The cooler the house without AC than the less energy you will need to use to condition the air.
Use a ceiling fan
Though using a fan doesn’t air condition the air, it does create a wind-chill effect, which results in you feeling around 6 or 7 degrees cooler. With the wind chill effect, you can set your thermostat higher than normal and still feel comfortable.
Re-evaluate thermostat placement
Is your thermostat hung in a location that gets direct sunlight? Is your thermostat near major electronics such as a TV or a lamp? If so, consider moving your thermostat to a location that won’t get direct sunlight or heat from electronics. This way your thermostat will get a more accurate reading of the temperature in your home and will only run the AC when necessary.
Program your thermostat
To save money on your utility bills, set your thermostat as high as you can while still being comfortable. When you leave your house, make sure to set your thermostat 7-8 degrees higher than you have it set when you are at home. Resist the urge to set your thermostat temperature lower than normal. This only results in higher utility bills and doesn’t lower the temperature of your home any faster.
Replace your AC
If your current AC or Heat Pump is 12-15 years old, it may be time to consider replacement. New systems are more energy efficient and will most likely save you money on your utility bills. Plus, you are less likely to have to worry about breakdowns during the warm summer months and costly repairs. Check to see what rebates are available in your area.
Maintain your AC
Maintaining your AC is key to saving money on your utility bills during the hot summer months. Schedule a tune up for your HVAC system once a year. The tune up will need to be done by a professional HVAC service technician. This will help to prevent breakdowns as well as addition wear and tear on your system caused by dirt.
Make sure to change your filters regularly. Typically filters need to be changed every 1-6 months or when dirt is present in the filter. Changing your filters regularly will also help keep your system working as efficiently as possibly.
Lastly, make sure your ducts are cleaned and sealed can greatly improve your system efficiency. On average, homes lose 20-40% of it’s air conditioned air through leaky ductwork. A simple duct sealing can resolve this issue keeping your air conditioned air circulating with your home.