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9 Ways to Cut Your AC Bill This Summer

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25 Jun

9 Ways to Cut Your AC Bill This Summer

Summer is officially here, and so comes the hot weather. This time of year, our central air unit makes up a large portion of our monthly energy costs as we try to stay comfortable in the summer heat. Here are 10 things you can do to relieve some of the load on your AC.

If your home is not equipped with energy efficient windows, you may be spending more than you have to on cooling costs. Upgrading windows is a major investment, however over time can save you money in the long run. Also, ensure any type of window is properly sealed. Cracks in caulking or weather stripping is a usual suspect for the escape of cool air. If your indoor airflow is escaping out your windows, your AC is working harder than it needs to - raising your energy bill.

Programmable Thermostat
New digital programmable thermostats are a great tool for saving on energy costs. By simply programming your home's climate around your schedule, you can give your AC some time off while you're not home, and have it start again about an hour before you return. You'll never know the difference! By adjusting the temp by 7-10 degrees while you're away can save you around 10% of your annual energy bills.

Ceiling Fans
Fans can take some of the heavy lifting from your AC. By running fans, it will make the room feel up to 15 degrees cooler than it actually is. Fans also help circulate air throughout your home.

Ensuring your HVAC filters are clean is a task to stay on top of all year round. Dirty filters restrict airflow. Restricted airflow takes a longer time to reach your thermostat’s desired temperature - thus making your AC work much harder than it has to. By simply changing/cleaning your system's filters, you can be saving big bucks on wasted energy.

Patio Cooking
One of the best things about summer is BBQ season. By choosing to do more outdoor grilling, you prevent your kitchen from heating up. Ultimately this means your AC has less work to do, and you will see savings in energy bills.

Draw your curtains shut during the day to prevent sunlight from heating up your home. If you don't want to block the view, think about adding a yawning on your windows or even trees as a sun block. Sun filled rooms will cause your home to heat up quick and force your AC to work.

Attics are another common culprit for lost air. By ensuring walls and attics are properly insulated, you are keeping more controlled air inside your home and preventing your AC from working overtime. New homes are usually very airtight, but older homes often struggle in this department.

Home Level
We all know that hot air rises, so think about spending as much time as possible on the lower levels of your home. If your bedroom is upstairs you may have to lower your thermostat settings at night. Avoid placing your thermostat on the upper levels of your home, or you may find the lower levels cool in comparison.

Regular Maintenance
The best way to ensure your AC isn’t accumulating unnecessary large energy costs is by having regular maintenance done. HVAC techs are experts at ensuring the system is clean, full of refrigerant and that the electrical components are working at full efficiency. Techs can often spot problems before they happen so regular maintenance acts as a good insurance policy for any AC system.

At 4 Seasons Heating, Cooling & Electrical we are experts in the HVAC industry and can ensure your AC is working at the best efficiency possible. We are skilled in recommending things that would help in energy savings and can discuss options to save you the most money possible. For information about HVAC cost savings contact around the clock at (204) 953-5700 or online.

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