Now that summer has finally arrived, most of us are enjoying more time outdoors, hanging out with friends and family, or even planning that long overdue family vacation before school starts back up in the next couple months. While summer is definitely the time for outdoor fun, most of us enjoy being able to return home to a cool and comfortable home interior at the end of the day, and the only way to do that is to make sure that you have an air conditioning system in your home that runs at the right level of effectiveness.
Depending on how cool you like to keep your home, you might notice that your energy bills start to spike a bit during the summer as you wind up having to use your air conditioning system more and more. For many of us, the summer months are a period of time where our ACis running almost nonstop. While this does tend to make sure that your home is always cool and comfortable, this can also start to eat into your wallet as your energy costs are likely to continue climbing. You have to be on the lookout for whether or not your system finds itself in need of repairs due to all of this constant use. In an effort to help you save a bit of money this summer so that you can use it on other things, our team of professionals have taken the time to put together this short list detailing just a few of our most popular tips to help you save big on your summer cooling costs.
Replace Your Old Unit
If you have an older air conditioning unit in your home, it might be worth considering all of the benefits that could be yours by replacing it with something newer and more efficient. While the upfront cost of replacing your old unit might seem daunting, it is something that can easily wind up paying for itself over time in the form of savings on your monthly energy bills.
A newer, more efficient air conditioning system will not only run efficiently overall, helping you to keep your home closer to the temperature that you like while not costing you a fortune, a newer unit will also have fewer issues that might result in the need for maintenance in the coming months due to the amount of work that is going to be expected from it. When looking for a replacement air conditioning system, be on the lookout for units that have an Energy Star rating, as these units can use up to 50% less energy than the counterparts.
Get A Programmable Thermostat
One of the best ways to help cut down on your monthly energy bills during the summer months is to take the time and turn the temperature on your thermostat up when you aren’t going to be home, as this can greatly reduce the amount of time that your system has to run, and how hard it has to work when doing so. Unfortunately, this forces you to make the decision of whether you want to save that extra money, or you want to come home to a house that is nice and cool instead of having to wait for it to cool down once you get there. One way to solve this conundrum is to invest in a programmable thermostat.
A programmable thermostat will allow you to set your air conditioning system to turn off while you’re away from the home, and have it turn on before you arrive back in order to ensure you get to walk into a house that is right at the perfect temperature every day. Programmable thermostats can also be programmed to deliver air flow into particular rooms of your home, letting you keep the areas of your home that are in use cool, while not wasting air on the rooms that you won’t be in.
Change Your Air Filters
Dirty air filters are one of the leading causes of air conditioning break downs, and high energy costs all over the country. It is important to make sure that you take the time to change out the air filters in your home at least on a monthly basis as this will not only help to improve the airflow to your system, improving its efficiency, but it will also reduce the amount of dirt and dust that builds up inside your system, leading to breakdowns and the need for repairs over time.
If you are looking for an air conditioning or heating professional in Northwest Arkansas, or Southwest Missouri, give us a call today at (479) 927-2700 or fill out our online request form.