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Did you know that heating and cooling can make up to 50% of your electric bill? The summertime brings the warmest months, which can cause your air conditioner to work overtime and raise your cooling costs. Staying cool and comfortable should not break the bank, so in this article we have provided 7 ways to save on air conditioning costs this summer.
Below are some of our tips and tricks to staying cool and saving money on your utility bill in this summer:
Making sure that your air conditioner is working properly is the most important part of ensuring a low utility and repair bill. Scheduling a preventative AC maintenance appointment every spring is necessary to ensure that your AC lives a prolonged life, free of issues. Even though your air conditioner may not have visible issues, a technician is able to point out less-obvious problems that homeowners tend to overlook.
Is there a particular area in your home that tends to stay warm no matter how much you crank up the AC? The sun might be to blame, and closing your blinds or curtains can help keep that area cool. Sunlight entering your home adds unnecessary heat gain, which causes your home to warm up and your AC to work harder.
Ceiling fans have been around for a long time, and chances are your home has more than one installed! Even though your ceiling fan uses electricity to run, it can actually help lower your monthly bills. Turning your fans on can provide some relief from the summer heat by producing a fresh breeze as needed which prevents homeowners from constantly turning down the temperature.
We recommend replacing your air filters every 90 days to maximize energy efficiency and keep your bills low. Dust particles can accumulate in the filter and block the cool air from coming through, causing your air conditioner to work harder. If you have furry friends at home, consider replacing your filters more often.
Switching to LED bulbs can contribute to decreasing the heat levels inside your home, because they produce less heat and use up to 75% less energy than incandescent bulbs. Although switching to all LED’s around your home might not make a significant difference right away, it will help with electricity bill-related costs in the long-run.
A programmable or “smart” thermostat is programmed to regulate the temperature of your home based on a series of preset settings that take effect at different times of the day. Installing a “smart” thermostat can help your air conditioner by allowing it to only work hard when needed.
Any inner and outer cracks in your windows, doors, and walls of your home might be contributing to heat coming in. For smaller air leaks, a cost effective option to seal cracks is by caulking or weather stripping. To ensure you seal leaks properly, consider hiring a professional technician to closely inspect your home and seal any leaks that are making your AC unnecessarily work harder.
Let us help ensure your air conditioner is running efficiently this summer to help you save on cooling expenses. Give us a call for any air conditioning maintenance, repair, or replacement needs this summer in the Mission, British Columbia area!
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