Did you know that 43 percent of the average homeowner’s electricity bill goes to heating and cooling their home alone? Considering the fact that keeping the inside of our homes comfortable accounts for nearly half of our monthly energy bills, we could all benefit from learning a few tips and tricks, to cut HVAC costs.
4 Ways to Lower Your Air Conditioning Bill This Spring
When the warmer temperatures just keep coming here in Florida, here are four easy tricks you can deploy to keep your cooling costs down this season and beyond.
1. Invest In Window Treatments
Like the majority of us, your windows are probably equipped with blinds and curtains to keep the sun out when you want some shade. But while blinds and curtains can help reduce the heat gain inside your home, they aren’t the most effective option.
To intercept as much as 70 percent of solar energy before it invades your home, invest in more advanced window treatments like mesh or solar window screens. These options will help keep sunlight and heat gain out of your home during the spring and summer months. In turn, this will make cooling your home significantly easier for your air conditioning system.
2. Utilize Your Fans
Alright, this may sound like a no-brainer, but many homeowners seriously underestimate the power of fans. When used in conjunction with your air conditioning system, however, fans can help circulate cool air throughout your home, keeping you comfortable while saving energy in the process.
The U.S. Department of Energy recommends positioning fans so they move air in the direction you want it to go, preferably away from windows and doors. Additionally, if you have ceiling fans, be sure that the fan blades are spinning counter-clockwise during the warmer months and clockwise during cooler months.
3. Buy Houseplants
Have a green thumb? Putting it to use not only adds beauty to your home, it can also help you cut your cooling costs too. By placing a variety of indoor plants throughout your house, you can cut cooling costs in unexpected ways. For starters, bringing plants indoors can slightly increase the humidity in your home, cooling it in the process. In fact, a study by the University of Vermont Extension found that humidity released from plants can cool a room by up to 10 degrees.
4. Schedule Professional AC Maintenance
One of the easiest ways to keep your cooling costs to a minimum is by ensuring your air conditioning system is functioning as efficiently as possible. During a maintenance checkup, a professional HVAC technician will inspect and tune your entire home comfort system. This includes lots of things, like changing the air filter, lubricating moving parts and checking the refrigerant levels — just to name a few. As a result, your HVAC system will be able to function at optimal levels, providing your home with the comfort you want, without unnecessary strain and energy to do so.
Contact the Professionals at Sansone
When was the last time you had your HVAC system serviced by a professional? At Sansone, we recommend having your air conditioning and heating system maintained by a professional at least twice per year. If you’d like to learn more about our quality products and services, or if you’re ready to schedule your maintenance appointment, contact us today.
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