How to Save on Air Conditioning Costs

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How to Save on Air Conditioning Costs

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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6 Comments on “How to Save on Air Conditioning Costs”

  1. That’s a good tip to regularly schedule maintenance on your AC unit. Like you said, I honestly don’t remember the last time I had anyone look at my HVAC and I can tell it’s been having a hard time lately. I’ll have to call a great service and have them come out and take a look. Thanks for the awesome advice!

  2. Thanks for sharing these tips. I really like how planting some trees and bushes can save on energy costs. 10% increase if I put shade over my air conditioner. I am going to look into putting some plants around the yard. Maybe put a planter in front of my house so I can put some larger bushes around the larger windows. We get all the hot afternoon sun right on the front of our home.

  3. I like what you said about keeping up on your maintenance. My fiance and I just recently moved into a new house. We haven’t even thought about looking at our air conditioning unit yet. It seems like it would be smart for use to get it inspected before we turn it one. That way, we will know how it works and if it needs any repairs.

  4. Thanks for putting together some tips for saving on air conditioning costs. You make a great point about how important it is to keep up with regular maintenance. I would imagine that neglecting your unit could lead to serious damage. I recently installed a new system, so I will have to make sure I schedule regular maintenance with an HVAC contractor to ensure that everything keeps running efficiently.

  5. Excellent tips here. Most homeowners are not aware of doing natural home cooling for they are mostly free techniques, or inexpensive, to do! Using drapes and fans within the home can certainly go a long way.

  6. Last month my utility bill was through the roof. There was a huge rise from the past month that I can’t find. I need to figure out a way to lower the bill. It may be as simple as your maintenance tip. Maybe I will try investing in some foliage as you suggested.

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