I love my home, and my family enjoys having central air conditioning on during the hot summer, however, I don’t always like the energy bill.
When I was younger, my father would always get mad anytime one of my siblings touched the thermostat. I never understood why it was. When it is ninety degrees outside and the house is terribly insulated, all I wanted to do was relax with the air on. But my father never saw it that way.
Now that I am an adult with a family of my own, I completely understand how my father felt. It wasn’t about keeping us from being cooled off in the summer heat, it was the extensive air conditioning bill he wanted to avoid.
Through the years we learned ways to save money on air conditioning and in this article we will show you how to save energy while using your air conditioner too.
One of the best ways to cut cost on your energy bill that didn’t exist when I was younger is a programmable thermostat. Imagine setting a timer for when your air conditioner should turn on and off. What kind of effect would that have on your energy bills?
Programmable thermostats have advanced functions that allow you to set a timer for 30 minutes before you get home. You can set your thermostat to run several times a day to keep the home cool and automatically turn off when the room reaches a certain temperature.
If you are looking for ways to save energy while using your air conditioner, this is my favorite and most recommended option.
Proper Filter Maintenance
I spent a lot of time in the field and most service calls had the same root problem that caused all their symptoms. Dirty air filters.
Keeping your air filters cleaned and changed every couple of months is one of the most important aspects of saving money on your air conditioning bill. You can get cheaper air filters from the hardware section of most stores.
The problem with these filters are that they are easy to clog and need replacement every month or so. If you want to really save energy, spend a little more money on a cleanable air filter or an electronic air filter that will last longer and not clog so easy.
It is also important that you make sure to get the right size air filter for your return.
Preventative Air Conditioning Maintenance
Air conditioners can last a long time. However, if you don’t have your air conditioner checked at least once a season, the lifespan of your A/C will be a lot shorter. A seasonal maintenance plan will not only extend the life of your unit, it will also save you money on your energy bills.
Preventative maintenance also helps you keep up with your warranty if you have one. The worst thing you can do is ignore regular tune-ups.
Last Things to Consider
The first thing I recommend is that you check your filter regularly. If you haven’t replaced your filter recently, check the size specifications and pick up a new one. You can then check into the many programmable thermostat options available on the market.
Putting your AC on a scheduled maintenance plan will help reduce the cost of your energy bill dramatically. Lastly, if you are needing help with a seasonal maintenance plan, give Classic Air Conditioning and Heating a call today and we can set up an appointment with one of our air conditioner technicians to check out your unit.