For many people, there are certain times of the year when moderating their air conditioning use just is not an option. Beyond making your living situation incredibly uncomfortable, a home that is too hot can also negatively affect the health of the residents. Therefore, AC is often a basic living cost. But that cost doesn’t need to be outrageous. Below are three ways to save your money:
One of the most important things you can do to lower your AC cost, is just basic maintenance on your AC unit. Get your AC checked regularly (and preferably before the summer months hit), and make sure that your filters aren’t clogged. In the case of an older air conditioner, it may even be time to switch out for a new one.
Secondary Cooling Sources
Setting up a fan (or fans) can complement your air conditioning to make a noticeable difference in your indoor climate. Furthermore, they have the benefit of being very maneuverable, and therefore can be focused in high-traffic areas.
Utilizing shade is also very helpful. Covering your windows during the brightest/hottest times of the day can prevent heat from building up in your space.
Consider Planting Trees in Your Yard
According to Idaho Power, planting deciduous trees or installing awnings can shade your home and keep costs down. Try to plant trees on the south and west sides of your house.
Don’t Create Heat
Summertime grilling is a national favorite for more than one reason. Cooking indoors can cause heat to accumulate in your home. Similarly, many common appliances give off a lot of heat during use. It is best to find alternatives during the day or to wait until evening to use these. Trying to diminish the heat they produce makes your air conditioner work overtime.
Install a Smart Thermostat
NRDC senior energy policy advocate Lauren Urbanek says that the most inexpensive way to use your air conditioner is to turn the thermostat up when you leave the house.This is helped by using a programmable thermostat to keep the house warmer than usual when no one is home. This is especially helpful if you have a regular schedule.