Your air-conditioning system can be your best friend as it helps you stay comfortable during Indianapolis’ hot, sticky summer and your worst enemy when it sends your electricity bills through the roof. Fortunately, you can have your AC unit running and minimize its energy consumption to avoid high monthly utility bills. Follow the tips below to conserve AC energy.
Raise Your Thermostat Setting
The higher the difference between outdoor and indoor temperatures, the higher your utility bills will be. Consider setting your thermostat to the highest indoor temperature that still leaves you feeling cool. Raise the temperature even more when leaving the house.
A ceiling fan that’s rotating counterclockwise when a room is in use pushes cool air down and allows you to raise your thermostat setting by four degrees without downgrading your comfort. Portable fans can also help you conserve AC energy. Just remember to turn the fans off when leaving the room.
Keep Your Filters Clean
Dust and debris collect on air filters over time. They eventually limit airflow and place undue stress on your AC unit as it tries to cool your home, making the unit consume more energy. Make sure you clean or change your air filters every 30 to 90 days to allow air to flow smoothly through the unit.
Close Your Blinds
The heat that sunlight brings can cause your AC unit to work harder and use more power to cool your house. Close blinds, drapes, and curtains to keep sunlight out.
Ensure Your House Is Well Insulated
Insulation prevents outdoor heat from infiltrating your home. Ensure your home’s insulation is up to par, and seal the openings around your doors and windows with caulk or weatherstripping.
Upgrade Your Air Conditioner
If your air conditioner is older than 10 years, it’s likely to need several major repairs over time. A unit that’s repaired frequently is likely to lose its efficiency. Upgrading to an Energy Star-qualified system with a high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating will help you conserve AC energy and save more money in the long run.
Taking steps to conserve AC energy this summer will allow you to pay for more fun vacations. Contact Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing if you need any heating and AC services in the Indianapolis area.