You run the AC to escape that scorching summer heat, but high energy bills are enough to make anyone lose their cool. Fortunately, you can stay comfortable and save money with these tips to help cut air conditioning costs this summer:
Don’t Overdo it
Set your AC as high as is comfortably possible. Setting the AC to 78°F instead of 72°F can save you up to 18 percent on your energy bills! When you’re asleep, turn it up a bit higher as well.
Blasting the AC when you come home to a hot house won’t cool your space any faster, but it will drive up your energy bill. Instead, use a smart thermostat to keep your house at a stable, comfortable temperature throughout the day. If you’re going out of town, you can set it to begin cooling the house before you return.
Don’t Let Sunlight Heat Your Home
During the hottest part of the day, close blinds and curtains to keep your home cool. This can also help insulate your windows and prevent cool air from escaping.
Use a Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans reduce the need for AC by circulating air, and can make a room feel up to 7 degrees cooler.
Evaluate Your Home’s Energy Profile
Outdated cooling systems, worn door and window seals, a poorly insulated attic and other common issues may be driving up your energy costs, especially if your home is older. At Center Grove Real Estate Inspections, our infrared imaging service can help you identify sources of energy loss such as missing insulation and air conditioner compressor leaks. To learn more, feel free to give us a call or contact us online today!