Simple Air Conditioning Mistakes That Will Cost You Money This Summer

Simple Air Conditioning Mistakes That Will Cost You Money This Summer

With the recent heatwave kicking off the summer, air conditioning is more important than ever! Even without a heatwave, energy costs generally increase about 22% on average during the summer months. Luckily, there are tips and tricks you can implement to decrease your air conditioning costs so you can save a bit on your energy bills over the next few months! In this blog, we’ll tell you the common mistakes that increase energy costs during the summer!

Failing to Replace Your Air Filters

Your air filters are one of the most important parts of any HVAC system. You need to replace your air filters every few months to keep them in good working condition. If you don’t do this, your indoor air quality will suffer and your home won’t be as comfortable as it could be.

Additionally, if your air filters aren’t replaced regularly, they will fill up with dust, pollen, and other allergens which can cause some problems for your system. With air conditioners, low airflow caused by a clogged filter can cause frozen coils for example. Additionally, poor airflow can damage your air ducts and cause leaks to spring up.

Heating Your Home Up Accidentally

During the summer months, your AC has a lot to do. During the recent heatwave, your AC might have worked harder to cool your home than ever. However, there is only so much it can do. Your AC can only cool the air in your home by about 20 degrees. For example, if the air in your home is already 90 degrees, it’s almost impossible to cool your home enough to get it below 70.

During the summer, it’s smart to not heat up your home further. The sun is already doing that job, so you don’t need to help it. Cooking and not utilizing your blinds properly are just two examples. If you try your best to limit these, your home will stay as cool as possible.

Not Utilizing a ‌Smart‌ ‌Thermostat‌ ‌

A smart thermostat can do a lot to improve your efficiency. With a smart thermostat, you have much greater control than with a standard low-tech thermostat. Studies have repeatedly shown that installing a smart thermostat can save you about $100 or so.

Relying on Your Air Conditioning to Do Everything

The experience of temperature is subjective and impacted by a lot of different factors beyond the number on your thermostat. One example of this is fans. Using fans in your home can make it feel cooler in your home. Wearing the right clothes can also help you keep cool. If you can handle a higher temperature in your home, you can save more money. You can save about 1% on your bill for each degree you increase your thermostat. This is especially useful if you’re not home. You can easily raise your thermostat’s temperature to about 78 degrees or so while you’re away to save money. Paired with a smart thermostat that can either do this automatically or through connection with a smartphone is an easy way to accomplish this.

Overall, there are a lot of ways you can reduce your air conditioning costs this summer! While your costs increase during the summer, you don’t have to accept that if you implement the right habits!

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