Cooling Efficiency Tips For The Rest Of Summer
It’s been a hot one here in eastern Massachusetts so far in summer 2020, and with a La Niña conditions likely to prevail the rest of the year, warmer-than-normal weather is likely to continue for a while.
That means you might be relying on your central air conditioner or ductless A/C system a little longer than expected this year – and with everyone home more than usual, you’re already probably paying more (maybe a lot more) for your cooling bills.
Tips For A Lower A/C Bill
How do you keep those bills as low as possible without sacrificing comfort? Try these six tips.
- Change air filters regularly – A clogged air filter will make your air conditioner overwork to do its job, and both you and your equipment will pay for it. Check your HVAC air filter monthly, replacing or cleaning it (depending on the model) when needed – it will be a lot cheaper than paying for a surprise air conditioner repair!
- Seal windows and doors – Caulk and weather seal windows and doors to keep hot air out and cool air in (this will help, in reverse, during the winter months). Don’t forget insulation, either: adding it in attics, crawl spaces, and other areas of your home is one of the best bang for your buck ways to improve efficiency. To learn more about where and how much insulation to add, check out this post.
- Stay vigilant – When it comes to saving money on cooling, it’s all about the details: keep doors and windows closed, keep shades down in sunny rooms to minimize the greenhouse effect, avoid using heat-producing appliances like ovens and clothes dryers, keep vents closed in unused rooms, use ceiling fans to promote airflow – anything that will take some of the load off your A/C.
- Use your programmable thermostat – You can save about 3-5 percent per day on air conditioning bills for each degree you raise the thermostat, says the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. When you’re home, target a temperature of about 78 degrees – a temperature the Department of Energy says represents the best balance of comfort and energy savings.
- Take care of needed service quickly – If the performance of your A/C is flagging, take care of the problem as soon as possible – the longer you put it off, the more costly your repair is likely to become. If you skipped annual air conditioning tune-up this year, it’s not too late to schedule a service call and get your cooling system back up and running at its best.
- Consider a cooling system upgrade – A new high efficiency air conditioner can save you 30 percent on your monthly bills compared to your older model, which means it will pay for itself in just a few years – especially when you consider rebates and manufacture’s incentives. Want an out-of-the-box way to save money on cooling? Add a super-efficient ductless air conditioner as a supplemental source of cool air in rooms that get a lot of use or tend to stay warm – that way you don’t have to run your central A/C unit on full blast to stay comfortable.
There’s still plenty of heat left to come in 2020 – keep those cooling bills COMPLETELY in check! If you need cooling system repairs or maintenance – or need to replace your air conditioner with a high efficiency ductless or central air conditioning system upgrade – we can help, with 100 percent satisfaction always guaranteed.
Contact Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling today to learn more or get a FREE, no-obligation estimate on cooling system installations in Norfolk and Middlesex counties, MA!