Cool Down Your Cooling Costs
As summer approaches quickly and the temperatures continue to increase, our wallets begin to decrease from astronomical cooling costs our air conditioner units may cause us. Here are a few options to lower cooling costs in the most cost-efficient ways this summer.
Step 1: Air Conditioner Cleaning
One of many ways to lower your cooling costs during the warmer months is to receive an air conditioner cleaning. You should have this done annually to prevent costly breakdowns, increase efficiency, and expand the durability of your unit. This service is usually recommended to be completed in the spring, so it is properly prepared for the summer. It will entail the cleaning of outdoor coils, checking voltage connections, and making sure the refrigerant is at the proper and efficient levels. In addition, some manufacturers require that air conditioner cleaning be done to maintain warranties.
Step 2: Get Your Air Filters Replaced
After the recommended annual air conditioner cleaning, another tip is to replace your air filters. This will guarantee that your air conditioning system is running efficiently by preventing dust and dirt particles from blocking the vents of your unit. If your air conditioner filters are blocked, your system will have a difficult time circulating cool air in your home and in turn waste money on something that is not actually working. If you replace your filters every few months, you will be able to continuously lower cooling costs one filter at a time.
Step 3: Convert to a Programmable Thermostat
When focusing on the most efficient use of your air conditioning unit, consider converting your manually operated thermostat to a programmable thermostat that will allow you to control the temperature inside your home when you are away or asleep. This thermostat will cut energy usage by at least 10% of your usual cost, instead of wasting away. A programmable thermostat will allow you to efficiently control your air conditioner and significantly decrease cooling costs annually.