Summer is only weeks away, which means your home cooling system will soon be on call 24/7 to keep your family COMPLETELY comfortable in your Massachusetts home.
All that action can lead to high energy bills if you’re not careful – but by following a few simple tips, you can keep those bills as low as possible.
Here are six ways to reduce your cooling bills this summer.
Install (or learn to use) a programmable thermostat – Adjusting temperatures automatically is one of the easiest ways to save money on your cooling bill. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, consider an upgrade – today’s models are easy to use (some can even be controlled with your smart phone), and will pay for themselves in as little as a year (especially if you take advantage of current Mass Save rebates).
Keep tabs on your air filter – A clogged A/C air filter will make your cooling system overwork to keep you cool, which can wear out your equipment and lead to premature repairs. Check your air filter about once every month or two during peak cooling months, especially if you have shedding pets.
Air seal your home – Another inexpensive, bill-busting project is making your home as air tight as possible, keeping warm air out and cool air in. Simple measures like caulking window frames and weatherstripping door jambs can go a long way toward reducing your cooling load during the hottest months.
Keep air moving – Circulation is a key to keeping your home cool. Make sure your vents aren’t blocked by draperies, furniture, artwork, carpeting, or any other impediments, and use ceiling fans to keep cool air moving.
Maintain your equipment – As we’ve said many times on this blog, the key to keeping your air conditioner working efficiently and reliably is to have it maintained by professionals every year. Preventive maintenance will keep your equipment running efficiently all summer long, and it will help technicians spot small issues before they turn into costly cooling repairs. Servicing your A/C system will also help your equipment last longer so you’ll get the most out of your investment.
Want even more of a reason to replace an old A/C system? Current MASS SAVE REBATES offer up to $50 per ton back on Central Air Conditioning installations and up to $1,250 per ton on high efficiency Central Heat Pump installations!