The scorching summer heat means cranking up the AC. This usually means higher energy costs, but it doesn’t need to. There are plenty of ways to save money on cooling your home during the hottest days of the year.
We’ve put together ten ways to improve AC efficiency and use alternative cooling methods in your home. Beyond saving you money, these tips can even help if you’re dealing with a cooling system breakdown.
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How do you reduce air conditioner costs in summer?
Here are the 10 best ways to save money on air conditioning.
1. Perform regular air conditioner maintenance.
Some simple air conditioner maintenance goes a long way to making your unit more cost effective. Cleaning filters and vacuuming out dust will ensure that your unit runs at its best.
Looking for AC cleaning help? Read our air conditioner maintenance guide, which goes over cleaning best practices for window units and central cooling systems.
2. Change the air filters in your home.
Clogged or dirty air filters make it harder to both cool and heat your home. This leads to higher cooling costs. How often air filters should be changed depends on the manufacturer, but most recommend replacements every 30 to 90 days.
3. Adjust your thermostat to night time temperatures.
While summer days are hot and humid, night time usually brings slightly cooler temperatures. Turning the thermostat up a bit at night can help keep energy costs down.
Keep your home’s temperature between 72°F and 78°F during the day while you are home. Set your temperature slightly higher at night while sleeping.
Using a programmable thermostat or even a smart thermostat will make things easier. Just dial in your ideal temperatures and timers. The automatic settings will take care of the rest.
Need more home temperature tips? Read our guide on thermostat settings for every season.
4. Run ceiling fans with air conditioning.
Some homeowners think it’s either fans or AC when it comes to home cooling. Running them both at the same time boosts cool air circulation throughout your home.
For added savings, set your thermostat a bit higher. The circulation from the fans will make the air in your home feel cooler.
Fans are energy efficient appliances, so even if they run constantly, you’ll see very little impact on your energy bill.
5. Invest in a more energy-efficient AC unit.
Older air conditioner models use more energy and rack up costs. Investing in a newer, more energy-efficient unit will save energy (and money) in the long run.
How can you tell when your AC is on its way out? Learn the signs that your air conditioner needs replacement.
6. Keep your AC running, even when you’re not at home.
Your air conditioner works harder to cool your home after being left off during hot days. If your unit is working harder, it’s costing you money.
Leave it on and set the temperature higher while you’re out of the house during the day. When you return in the evening, turn it down again and use less energy to cool things off.
7. Close curtains and blinds.
Homes with ample natural light are desirable, but during summer, keeping that light out will keep your home cooler. Blinds and curtains block heat and sunlight coming in through windows, resulting in cooler temperatures.
8. Seal and insulate your home.
If you own an older home, your insulation may not be as efficient at keeping cool air in. Even in newer homes, you should replace or retrofit insulation every 15 to 20 years.
Newer insulation helps all year round. If you’re unsure about your home’s sealing and insulation, consider a home energy audit. It helps identify problem areas that could be costing you money.
Getting your home ready for summer? Be sure to keep our summer maintenance checklist by your side.
9. Keep basement vents closed.
Since warm air rises, the basement is typically the coolest place in your home.
Keeping basement vents closed prevents cool air from escaping, allowing your AC to cool other areas of your home. This means less work for your air conditioner and a lower electric bill.
10. Plant shade trees around your home.
If you’re interested in landscaping, planting shade trees can block direct sunlight. Keeping your home in the shade will reduce temperatures and give your property a face lift.
Proper landscaping can even increase the value of your home! Learn some more DIY summer projects that can lift your home’s value.
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Whether you’re looking for summer money saving measures or coping with a broken cooling system, these handy tips will help.
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