When it comes to summer heat, Texas leads the way. And with the hottest parts of the summer still ahead, there are things you can do to help stay cooler this summer and keep your air conditioning costs down.
Replacing your AC Filter
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to help with keeping your AC costs down is to replace your air filter regularly. Your air filter can filter out dirt, dust and pet hair. A clogged filter can increase your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5 to 15%. How often you need to replace your filter can vary. If you have multiple pets or live in a dusty environment, you may need to replace your filter more often. This can vary from every month to every 6 months, depending on the type of filter you have and what is being filtered.
Keep your AC in good working condition
An air conditioning system that is not running properly can be inefficient and can increase your ongoing cooling costs. Having your system checked regularly and tuned-up can decrease your costs and extend the life of your unit.
Use Smart Thermostats
Smart thermostats allow you to customize how and when your house is cooled. It will allow you to manage your home remotely and can give you detailed reports as to your cooling efficiency.
Adjust the temperature at night
If you have a smart thermostat, you can program it to turn the temperature up a few degrees once everyone in your household is asleep. This small increase in degrees at night can save you money each month.
Make sure that your house is sealed properly
It is hard sometimes to keep your house cool during the summer. Having to cool outside your house because of leaks or poor insulation makes it even harder. Check seals around your doors and windows for leaks and fix those issues. Also, make sure that the insulation in your attic is appropriate.
Utilizing Blinds or shades
Adjusting how much sun or heat enters your house each day can help keep your air conditioning costs down. Utilizing shades or blinds during the heat of the day will help keep your home cooler and will decrease your overall energy consumption.
Consider replacing your old AC Unit
Sometimes, it may be in your best interest to replace your older AC unit with a new, more energy efficient one. An AC unit has a predictable lifespan and although you may be able to extend that life longer, the cost increase for doing so may not outway the benefit of just replacing the unit with something better.
If you are looking to purchase a new heating or cooling system or would like us to inspect your current system and would like to go with a company that provides the best services and the best technicians in the industry, give us a call at 281-367-2655 to schedule an appointment.