If you dread summer because of the damage it does to your bank account due to cooling costs, there are some relatively simple things you can do to help keep your energy bill in check during the hottest part of the year. You won’t have to sacrifice comfort, either; whether you stay at home all day or you’re in an office, by following these tips you should see a significant amount of savings.
Use a Ceiling Fan
One of the best ways of reducing cooling costs is by running either a ceiling fan or some other type of fan in the rooms you tend to stay in the most throughout the day. Typically, a fan will help a room feel as much as 6 to 7 degrees cooler. As a result, you can set your thermostat 4 or 5 degrees higher and still feel the same amount of comfort. Just remember to turn the fan off when you don’t need it so you don’t waste electricity.
Be More Economical in Your AC Use
By setting your indoor temperature as high as possible while remaining comfortable, you will not only save money on cooling costs you’ll also keep your AC system from having to work too hard. You’ll save on repairs and extend the lifespan of your unit at the same time. Get a programmable thermostat so you have exact control over how you set the temperature. If you could get by setting it at 78 degrees, for example, rather than 72 degrees, you could knock nearly 20 percent off your energy bill during the summer.
Keep Your System Maintained
A well maintained air conditioner is a more efficient air conditioner. In turn, that means your bill won’t be as high. One of the easiest things you can do is to simply remember to change out the air filter once a month to help ensure proper airflow. A dirty air filter makes your AC work much harder than necessary. Have a professional perform a top-to-bottom check of your unit on a regular basis to make sure everything is working as efficiently as possible.
If you have any other questions regarding how to reduce your cooling costs, or you would like to schedule a maintenance appointment, contact Metro Express Service online or call us at 972-263-2500.