Summertime brings vacations, BBQs, beach trips, pool parties, lighting bugs, and good memories. It also brings higher electricity bills as many people turn on or crank up their air conditioning (AC) in an attempt to keep cool. The hottest months of the year are typically the summer months. “The bigger difference in outside temperature and inside temperature, the harder your air conditioner has to work to keep your house cool, resulting in more energy usage and a higher electricity bill,” says Marco Radocaj, General Manager at Temp Control. Fortunately, Marco shared five tips to lower your electricity bill this summer.
Change Your Filter
An AC technician will never tell you your filter is too clean. Dirty filters impact the entire system, especially when it comes to energy efficiency. Lennox recommends changing some filters once a month, but that can vary depending on how often the unit is used, dusty conditions, and if there is a pet in the house.
Most residential AC systems are designed to keep indoor temperatures 20 degrees below the outdoor temperature. For example, if it is 90 degrees outside, the system should be able to maintain 70 degrees. Anything that exceeds this 20 degree rule puts added stress on the system as it is trying to accomplish something it is not designed to do.
Handle the Humidity
A home at 76 degrees with 60% humidity feels much different than a home at 76 degrees with 50% humidity. To decrease humidity, minimize time with open windows and doors and try to avoid big jumps (5+ degrees) at any one time. Big jumps may feel good at time, but once you go back to the other temperature the humidity will increase more quickly than the temperature.
Cool Your Heat
Thermostats are typically located in common areas because during the day that is where the “heat load” is located. The problem is, at night the heat load is no longer in the common area, as you retreat to the bedroom. People will turn down their thermostat at night and be very disappointed because the bedroom is 78 degrees while the living room, which now has a minimal heat load, is at the desired 73 degrees. The solution to this problem is the Nest Thermostat, which is now available at the Google Store. Along with other built in features that will help lower your electric bill, Nest also offers wireless sensors that connect to the thermostat through a Bluetooth connection. You can tell the thermostat (either manually or through their app) to use either the thermostat or the sensor as its cooling point. Now, if you want your bedroom to be 76 degrees, set your Nest to read from the sensor inside your bedroom. This feature is also useful for when you are throwing a party or have overnight guests.
Schedule Your Maintenance
Have a professional perform routine maintenance one to two times a year. Hopefully, they will be able to identify small issues before they become big problems. The yearly or bi-yearly service might also result in a longer life expectancy for a unit. Working with a reputable company is also helpful because you will have a technician who is familiar with your home and AC unit in the case that something does break unexpectedly.
By implementing these tips, you can stay cool this summer and save money on your electric bill.
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