When temperatures start to increase, your energy bill may as well. This is because many homeowners turn on their air conditioning units to keep their home at a comfortable setting. If you are looking to decrease the amount you spend to cool your home this year, you have many options. You likely already know that programming your thermostat so your home is hotter when you are away and increasing the temperature by just a few degrees can help you to save money. But what you may not know is that there are a few options available. Here are three of the lesser known ways to reduce your air conditioning expenses this summer.
Cover Your Windows
One of the ways that you can reduce the amount of money you spend to cool your home this summer is to cover your windows. You can either use screens or shutters that are placed on the outside of the window or window coverings, such as curtains or blinds, that are placed on the inside of the windows. Both options help to block out heat that is generated as the sun shines directly into your home. In addition to keeping your home cooler, window covering also help to prevent fading to your flooring, furniture and other items that are placed in the direct path that the sun takes when shining into your home.
Use a Fan to Circulate Air
Another option you have for decreasing your cooling expenses this summer is to use a fan to circulate the air in your home. A fan can help regardless of whether you are using your air conditioner or not. It helps to circulate air that is sitting stagnant in your home. If you are not using your air conditioner, this creates a breeze that makes it feel a bit cooler in your space. If you are using your air conditioner, a fan helps to better circulate the air blowing into your home, making it feel cooler and reducing the amount of time your air conditioner has to run to cool a space.
Have Your Air Conditioning Unit Serviced
The last tip for reducing your cooling costs this summer is to have your air conditioner serviced before warm weather hits. An air conditioning technician can clean, oil and inspect your air conditioning unit as well as perform any needed ac repairs. This helps to ensure that your air conditioning unit runs efficiently and effectively. Not only does this help to reduce your cooling costs, but it also helps to extend the life of your air conditioning unit.
Covering your windows to block out heat from the sun, using a fan to circulate cool air in your home and having your air conditioning unit serviced so it is running efficiently are three of the ways that you can reduce your cooling costs during the hot summer months. If you are looking for more options, ask a heating and cooling specialist. They can make recommendations to you based on the specifics of your air conditioning or HVAC system, age of your home and size of your home.