No one likes getting the electric bill in the summertime. Ouch! But there are some things you can do to reduce the cost of cooling your home. Here at the Mountain Air home office, we’ve compiled a list of some simple actions you can take to help lower your utility bill. Most are easy and common sense, but you have to remember to actually do them. Give it shot, keep your cool and save some money this summer.
- Check your air conditioning vents. Move any furniture or rugs that might be blocking the air from coming out.
- Shrink your home-close all the vents in unused rooms as well as closing the doors to those areas. This basically reduces the size of your home as far as your air conditioner is concerned. Why cool rooms you don’t use?
- Close the blinds or curtains on windows that the sun shines in. This reduces the amount of solar heat that enters your home to start with.
- Make sure you change your filter in your air conditioner at least once a month. When it gets dirty, your air conditioner has to work harder which cause it to use more energy.
- Turn any unused appliances, computers or lights off when no one is using them. They not only use electricity, they produce heat.
- Don’t add heat to your home by using your oven to make dinner. Summer is the perfect time for grilling outdoors. Avoid heating the kitchen by making use of the barbecue grill, microwave and even crock pots when possible.
- Run your dryer and dishwasher after dark when things have already cooled down a bit.
- Make sure your ceiling fans are running and the air is blowing down (not up). To make sure it’s turning the right direction, stand underneath and look up at it. It should be turning counter clockwise. This will make your home feel cooler because it creates a wind chill effect causing the evaporation of moisture on your skin.
- Make sure your air conditioner’s fan speed is set on the highest setting. The higher the temperature outside, the faster the fan should run to keep air moving throughout the home. The exception is when very humid outside. Then you want to set the fan speed on low; it takes longer to cool your house, but, it will remove more moisture from the air and drier air feels cooler.