Ways to Lower your AC Costs this Summer

It’s no surprise that an AC bill can reach new highs this summer. You may be considering ways you can keep cool on the hottest days without having to pinch a budget too much. There are already a set of tools at your disposal to keep cool, that won’t need any extra expense. Read on for a quick guide to the top four ways to lower your AC costs this summer.

Check Your Outside Unit

If you have an attached outside unit, you should do periodic maintenance to make sure that it isn’t clogged. You also want to make sure that the unit isn’t crowded by debris causing it to run at a higher energy level. Improper care of a unit could lead to expensive costs down the road due to repairs that could have been avoided.

Run a Ceiling Fan

Fans are a great way to help keep a room cool when the AC is already running. This is the wind-chill effect. A fan disperses cooler air making the room seem four or six degrees cooler than it is. The fan also helps by evaporating any extra sweat off the skin, thus allowing you to cool down faster. Even if there is no visible sweat, our bodies work in such a way that the wind from the fan will speed up the process. Remember to also shut off the fan when no one is in the room to avoid higher electric costs.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

Do you like to travel during the summer months? Do you find that you spend more time out then in? Then you need to invest in a programmable thermostat. Most modern homes already come with one installed, but if not it’s a worthy investment. The thermostat can be set so for the hours you aren’t in the AC remains at higher temperature. It doesn’t have to be a drastic temperature increase either, just one or two degrees higher should save you money.

Keep a Room in the Shade

If you have curtains or blinds on your windows make sure to keep them shut during the day. The direct sunlight could cause a room to rise by three or four degrees. If you prefer to use the room with direct sunlight, just be sure to lower the blinds or curtains when you’re finished.

If you have any concerns or questions about if your AC unit is working properly, contact Max C. Smith Company today! We want you to have a cool summer and not break the bank!