How Can I Save Some Money on Air Conditioning?

Written on: July 15, 2021

Lower Your Energy Bills Without Giving up Cool Comfort

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If you’re flinching every time the air conditioning in your home kicks on because you’re worried about energy costs, we have some tips to help you get control of those.

Take Care of Your Air Conditioning

Your central air conditioning or heat pumps work hard in the summer to keep your home cool. Regular maintenance is essential to keep them running at peak efficiency. AFC’s licensed, experienced service technicians will help you get the most out of your air conditioning.

Use Your Programmable Thermostat Correctly

If you’re not sure how to use your programmable thermostat to maximize the efficiency of your heating or cooling system, you’re not alone. But it’s not hard. Here’s what to do.

  • When you’re home and awake, set the thermostat on the air conditioning to 78°.
  • Increase the A/C temperature by at least 7° during the hours you’re out of the house.

This is also a great time to upgrade to a smart thermostat. These can be controlled through your smartphone, laptop, or tablet using your home’s WiFi or a cellular signal. Many smart thermostats also alert you to any issues with your home’s HVAC system.

Close Your Window Coverings

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 76% of the sunlight that comes into a home in the summer is converted to heat. That heat forces your air conditioning to work harder and use more energy to keep your home cool. By closing blinds or curtains during the day, especially in windows facing south and west, you can keep much of that heat out of your home.

Change the Filter

A dirty air filter is bad for your home’s air conditioning system. It overworks the A/C, lowers its energy efficiency, and the dust and dirt can damage parts. Check your filter at least once a month and change the filter as needed. Do it more frequently if anyone in your home has allergies or a respiratory condition such as asthma or COPD, or if you have pets in your home.

AFC is central Maine’s leader for air conditioning installation and service. Contact us today and get a FREE quote for installing a new A/C at your home.