By: Kathryn Hyer
It’s summertime in Southeast Idaho, and chances are your air conditioning bill isn’t the only thing making you sweat. The average AC bill during summer months can be as high as $120, posing the question of how to stay cool without breaking the bank. Read below to learn seven ways to save money on your air conditioning while still keeping cool this summer.
1. Open windows during evenings and mornings
By opening your windows in the evenings and early mornings, you allow natural, cool air to flow through your home. Check your local weather forecast to know the best times to open and close your windows.
2. Block the sun from your home
Your home will be less likely to overheat if the sun is blocked from entering it. You can prevent the sun from coming into your home and create shade by doing the following:
- Purchase blackout curtains. These nifty curtains are available in most department stores, and do exactly what it sounds like- block the sun from entering your home.
- Plant trees. Strategically planted trees will provide shade to your home and block the intense summer sun from increasing the temperature in your home. A more long-term solution, planting trees may seem like a hassle but will ultimately keep your house cooler, saving you more on your AC bill.
3. Use portable fans
Simple as it may seem, utilizing portable fans will increase the airflow in your home without increasing your bill. Portable fans use 80-90% less electricity than air conditioners, making them a nice option for those looking to save money. These fans come in all shapes and sizes, making it easy to find the perfect fit for your space.
4. Spend more time in the basement
Basements can be anywhere from 2 to 15 degrees cooler than the rest of your home, so never underestimate the relief they can provide. Because they are below ground level, the moisture in the soil creates a cool atmosphere, making the basement a nice getaway from the heat.
5. Adjust your thermostat
The most efficient setting of your thermostat is 78 degrees during the summer months. This temperature will neither lower or increase your AC bill. However, every degree above 78 has the potential to lower your AC bill by six to eight percent. Take care not not to lower your thermostat dramatically and then forget about it, resulting in a larger AC bill.
6. Keep your AC unit maintained
AC repair in Idaho Falls can be expensive, but doesn’t have to be. One of the best ways to save money on your AC is to keep your unit well maintained, in order to avoid costly repairs. Here are the main things you’ll want to look out for with your AC unit:
- Clean the evaporator drain
- Change the blower filter at least twice a year
- Remove debris from interior and exterior of unit regularly
- Clean the evaporator coil regularly by brushing it off with a toothbrush, and then spraying it with coil cleaner
Summer should be enjoyable and not overbearing because of the extreme heat. Take the necessary steps to stay cool and save money this summer! If you need an air conditioning unit installed, need an AC inspection, or would like more tips on how to increase your AC’s efficiency, feel free to give Mathews Plumbing a call today! We offer AC repair in Idaho Falls and its surrounding areas, allowing you to better enjoy the summer and stop sweating about the bill! Call today!