Summer temperatures are officially here in Virginia Beach! While most love the warm temperatures, not everyone loves the utility bill that comes with staying cool. However, cooling your home doesn’t have to break the bank. This blog explains six tips and tricks to help keep your air conditioning bill low and keep you cool!
Similar to how turning lights off when you leave a room saves money, adjusting your thermostat when you are not home can help lower your AC bill. This tip is best for when your home will be vacant for longer periods of time, such as a summer vacation. Studies have shown the best temperature range to save money is 78-80 degrees. Each degree raised has shown to save between 4% to 8% in cooling costs.
Adjusting your thermostat can be made easy with a smart thermostat! This energy efficient tool is programmed to adjust your indoor temperature when your house is vacant during the day. It can turn back on your cool temperatures before you arrive home, so there is no waiting in the heat for your home to cool back down. The EPA reports that programmable thermostats can save roughly $180 a year.
Regular maintenance from your Hybrid Air technician helps your unit run efficiently. Your system may be operating with a broken part, which causes it to work harder and use more energy. We recommend having your unit serviced twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. If you have yet to schedule your spring maintenance, it is not too late to give us a call! Personal maintenance is also important when it comes to cooling bills. One of the best things a homeowner can do is maintain a clean air filter. This task can make all the difference in your comfort and bills.
Ceiling fans move air around and create a breeze, which makes the room feel cooler. Ceiling fans have a setting for cooler and warmer temperatures, so be sure yours is set to spin counterclockwise. With ceiling fans running, you are able to turn your thermostat up while not losing the comfort. On average, ceiling fans allow individuals to turn the thermostats up about 4 degrees to maintain the same temperature.
Some blackout curtain brands can block up to 99% of light, which is not only beneficial for sleeping. Keeping sunlight out can lower the amount of heat that enters through windows. If you enjoy the sunlight, this is a good practice for rooms that are vacant throughout the day.
Cool air can often leak through your windows and doors, which increases your monthly utility bill. EPA estimates that an average of 15% on heating and cooling costs can be saved by air sealing homes and adding insulation in attics, floors over crawl spaces, and accessible basement rim joists. Sealing your windows can be easy and cost effective by using the caulking or weather stripping method. Caulk is mainly used for sealing cracks and openings, whereas weather stripping is intended for operational components such as windows and doors.
You can save money and stay cool this summer with these simple tips! Give us a call at (757) 231-7722 for any of your air conditioning needs this summer season.