The power bill increases up to 50% when you run the air conditioner this summer. To help reduce the impact of running your AC without sacrificing the needed comfort, there are a few steps you can apply during the long warm season. To help you stay comfortable without hurting the bank in the Las Vegas Desert, we at Hal Mechanical would like to offer some tips.
Upgrade to a Programmable or Smart Thermostat
As it is a huge money-saver, a programmable thermostat pays for itself in a single cooling season in most cases. When you are not home or asleep, the programmable thermostats are dependable for shutting off the system or adjusting the temperatures. You can leave the unit off until 30-60 minutes before you are due home, there are many affordable models that allow you to manage the thermostat from your smartphone, with modern conveniences and advancements. When the temperature in your home is reached, the unit will not over expend more energy or work harder to reach comfort levels as the thermostat stops the compressor. Program the thermostat to about 78° Fahrenheit when you are not home.
Clean or Change Air Filters Often
Changing your air filter’s or have them cleaned according to the type of filter is a very important step to reduce the power bills. In addition to causing the unit to wear faster, and often require repairs, the air flow is restricted, and it causes the air conditioner to work overtime, skyrocketing the operating costs. It is recommended that you check the filters every 4 weeks in the desert.
Do Ceiling Fans Help with Air Circulation?
To help offset that natural tendency, the natural tendency for cool air is to fall. Especially when you save energy by keeping your home set to a slightly warmer temperature, a great way to keep air circulating air while using much less energy. Ceiling fans and make you feel up to 8 degrees cooler, much like a cool breeze, since they keep the air moving.
Do You Need to Service AC Every Year?
Tune-ups, inspections, and other maintenance services should be regularly scheduled every year to make certain that the system operates efficiently. The system is cleaned, ensured it is working efficiently, and all the parts are assessed to make sure it is in excellent condition is the responsibility of the technician. In addition to better managing the energy usage, this improves performance and longevity.
Seal Door & Window Cracks to Prevent Air Leaks
Seal any crevices and cracks in the home’s foundation and structure. A handyman can get the job fairly affordably if you are not so inclined with a caulking gun to seal up the cracks and crevices around doors and windows. To better improve the efficiency of your system and control energy use, you need to prevent the cool air from escaping and allowing the hot air in.
Block the Sun & Keep the Heat Out
Close blinds, curtains and/or drapes during peak sunlight hours on the South and West sides of the house. The same affect is happening to your house, much like your parked car getting hot under the sun. Keeping the A/C running for air it cannot cool, the direct sunlight peeking through the windows is increasing the temperatures in your home. The air conditioner does not use more energy to operate, and you are not wasting money on air you cannot keep cool with the closed blinds and drapes.