As the summer months approach, many homeowners are looking to save some pennies where they can. So why not start with your costly utility bills?
The US Department of Energy reports that air conditioning can account for 35-40% of your utility bill here in Texas. At KCA Services, we take energy efficiency seriously. We understand that sometimes high energy bills are unavoidable – especially when air conditioning is crucial for comfort during the hot months. That’s why our five simple tips for staying cool and using your air conditioner less may help you cut costs and save money on your monthly energy bill.
1. 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 don’t need it or aren’t at home. One convenient way to do this is to invest in a smart or programmable thermostat.
You can program these types of thermostats to turn the AC on half an hour before you get home, so you will not have to wait for the house to cool down after work. Smart thermostats can even be controlled remotely from almost anywhere. Our company offers a variety of thermostat options to fit every home, so call us for more information or to schedule your installation today.
2. Turn Up The Temperature
When you are home, turn your AC up a few degrees to save on energy use. For instance, if you’re comfortable at 68 degrees, turn it up to 70, and keep it turned up at night. Just doing these two things can save you up to 10% on your monthly bill!
Supplement the warmer temperature by making use of ceiling fans and floor fans. Air circulation is a huge factor in keeping cool. So use those fans to keep the air moving inside your house.
3. Keep Up With Regular Air Conditioning Maintenance
We strongly recommend regular cooling system maintenance to keep your unit running as efficiently as possible. You should schedule a professional tune-up at least once a season, but there are a few additional things you can do yourself.
Make sure to regularly check, clean and replace your air filter. Airflow is so important for an efficient air conditioner, and a dirty air filter is the prime suspect when a unit is using too much energy.
4. Inspect Your Air Ducts
For effective cooling in your home, it’s also important to have functioning air ducts. Without adequate duct insulation, sizing and sealing, your air conditioning system will not be able to efficiently carry cool air from room to room. If this is the case, your system will end up pushing out more air than you are using and you could wind up paying a fortune on your monthly energy bill.
You can prevent this by looking around your home for blocked registers, or disconnected or damaged ducts. If you suspect an issue with your ductwork, or find air leaking into unwanted places like your attic or crawl space, call one of our professionals to come repair and restore proper airflow to your ducts.
5. Remember To Shade Your AC Unit
Keeping your outdoor condenser shaded and cool can save you up to 10% on your bill. Check the outside unit for debris and overgrown grass or plants and clear away anything covering the coils. Keeping the coils exposed is important for airflow. Be sure you clean the coils at the beginning of each season before using your system for the first time.
Reach Out To KCA Services Today!
For long-lasting air conditioner service in Boerne, TX, including AC installation, seasonal maintenance and home air conditioner repairs, look no further than our team. Here at KCA Services, we’re ready to help you! Stay cool this summer and save on your utilities with help from our team. Reach out today to get started!