Warmer temperatures are ushering in colorful flowers, chirping birds, and a season full of outdoor fun. As the mercury rises, however, so does your electric bill. Rocketing air conditioning costs can be enough to take the edge off of your warm-weather happiness. Have no fear; our cost-saving tips will keep both you and your wallet happier this warm-weather season.
Rethink Your Green
Instead of sending your hard-earned cash to a utility company, why not take some of it and invest in some foliage? Most of the heat that your home retains is the product of direct sunlight shining in through your windows. Planting some bushes and shrubs outside of large windows can help keep your home shady and cool. Consider planting a tree next to your air conditioner. The shade can improve your unit’s efficiency up to 10% according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Keep Up With Air Conditioning Maintenance
Like most appliances, your AC unit requires a little maintenance to keep running at maximum efficiency. Change your filters often — monthly swap-outs can save you money in the long haul, especially if you have pets. Check your ductwork for leaks, and secure then with duct tape until a service provider can get to your home.
If you can’t remember the last time you had a professional out for a tune-up, you’re long overdue. Regular maintenance checks keep your unit in tip-top shape and extends its life. A professional will check your refrigerant as well as clean and check all controls. A well maintained unit can improve your AC efficiency up to 30% and extend the life of your unit up to 20 years.
There are other simple tips to help you save money: set your thermostat higher when you’re away, use ceiling fans and blinds, and keep the air in your house circulating with box fans. With a proactive approach, you’ll find your energy bills smaller this season.
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