AC 7 Ways to Cut Down Costs
Almost half your regular power bill is due to your needs for heat in cold weather, and cold, dry air in warm and humid seasons. That’s information from the federal Department of Energy. Keep reading to learn 7 ways you can cut down your bill, especially the AC in summer.
Be A Fan Of Fans
Fans are useful for circulating air within the home, or even an individual room. For whole house cooling, open first floor windows and put fans upstairs. In one story dwellings, close windows that are closer the fan, but open the windows on the other side of the room, hopefully on the windward side of the structure. Even in a single room, a basic ceiling fan can mean up to 8 degrees in temperature difference just due to the evaporative effect.
Upgrade Your Windows
Consider solar screens, which are mesh-like structures you can put in your windows. They are transparent and metalized so they reflect heat back into nature before it enters your home. This only works when windows are shut, but they do work particularly strong on windows facing east and west. You can block up to 70 percent of solar energy and 100 percent of insects that are too big to fit through the mesh.
Put In A New AC Unit
If your AC unit is an older one, then consider a replacement. Today’s energy efficient technology can cut your energy bill in half. Look specifically for the EER rating of a unit; the higher the number, the better.
Throw Your Home Some Shade
Most of the heat that builds up inside your home does so because of the sun in the sky shining straight down on your roof on in through your windows. If you can plant and grow big leafy plants around your home, you can block out the sun. If you do it around your exterior AC unit, you can increase its efficiency by around 10 percent.
Up Your Thermostat When No One Is Home
78 degrees Fahrenheit is a comfortable temperature for most people for your AC when at home. If you’re not at home, and no one else is and pets can withstand it, try raising the thermostat to a higher temperature. If you don’t force cooling when you don’t need it, then you can lower your power bill by around 5 percent.
Cool It With The Stove
Avoid unneeded indoor heat by skipping the stove top when making food in the summer months. Use seasonal produce for cool salads, or use your microwave instead. If boiling something is necessary, try to do it the prior evening after dark. Use kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans for circulation to get steam out after cooking and showers.
Slow Down Your AC
If you have control over the fan speed of your AC, leave it on high most of the time. The exception is humid days, as slower movement of air through your hardware pulls even more moisture out of your home’s air. This makes things much more comfortable inside your home.