How to Save Money on Air Conditioning
The US Department of Energy says that air conditioning can account for up to 47 percent of your utility bill. At Four Seasons Heating & Cooling, we take energy efficiency seriously.
Here in Beaufort, NC, air conditioning is crucial for comfort during those hot summer months. Our advice might help cut air conditioning energy costs, while continuing to stay cool.
Don’t Run your AC When you Aren’t Home
The easiest and quickest way to save money is to not use your air conditioner when you aren’t home.
You may wish to invest in a programmable thermostat. You can program these thermostats to turn the AC on half an hour before you get home. This way, you won’t have to wait for the house to cool down after work.
Turn Up the Temperature
When you are home, turn your AC up a few degrees. If you are comfortable at 68 degrees, turn it up to 70, and turn it up at night. Doing these two things can save you 5-15 percent on your monthly bill.
Supplement the higher temperature by making use of ceiling and bed fans. Air circulation is a huge factor is keeping cool.
Regular maintenance is suggested to keep your unit running as efficiently as possible. We recommend a full tune-up at least once a season, but there are a few things you can do yourself. Check, clean and/or replace your air filter.
Air flow is crucial for efficiency. A dirty or clogged air filter is the prime suspect when a unit is using too much energy.
Keeping your condenser shaded and cool can save you up to 10 percent on your bill. Check the condenser for debris and growth, and clear away any that is covering the coils. Keeping the coils exposed is important for air flow.
If you need to service your air conditioner, please call us at 252-247-5500, or request service online. We want to keep you comfortable and help you save money in the long run.