Spring is finally here and before we know it we’ll be depending on our air conditioners to keep us cool in the heat of the summer months. Our electricity bills can easily become out of control with the use of air conditioners if we're not careful.
We’ve all been spending a lot more time at home which means our homes are using more power than ever. There are a few simple things we can do to ensure that your electric bill stays in check during the air conditioning season. So, today we’re sharing some smart energy saving tips when using air conditioners.
Install A Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats are one of the first things people are installing in their homes to save money these days.
If your home still has an analog thermostat, you could definitely benefit from an upgrade. Analog thermostats are not always accurate at keeping the temperature in your home at the desired setting. Also, if you forget to adjust the temperature before everyone leaves the house for the day, you have no way to adjust the setting.
There are also digital thermostats and digital programmable thermostats. A digital thermostat will help you control the temperature more accurately than an analog thermostat, but you can’t program them to adjust temperatures based on your schedule or time of day.
Whereas a digital programmable thermostat, not only will you be able to control the temperature in your home more accurately, but you can program the thermostat to go to a specific temperature at different times and days of the week.
A smart thermostat will allow you to control the temperature in your home anytime, from anywhere as long as there is a Wifi connection. All you need is your smartphone or other mobile device and you’re good to go.
Smart thermostats offer accurate temperature readings and ultimate control over your air conditioning no matter where you are. The best part is that you can save up to 15-20% off your energy bills in both the summer and winter months- you save tons!
Keep That Filter Clean
Did you know that having a dirty filter in your air conditioner can raise your bill by up to 15%?
Keeping your air conditioning filter clean, no matter if you have an HVAC system or window units, can reduce your energy bill and save you some big bucks.
If dust and dirt particles being sucked into your unit can’t make their way through the filter those particles are going to find somewhere else to go...and that place is the evaporator coils. If those coils are covered in dirt and dust they can’t do their job properly and aren’t operating at an optimal level. Thus making your air conditioner work harder—not efficient at all.
Having a dirty filter also causes poor air flow. Poor air flow will trap the air in your unit and it can begin to freeze up which could lead to your unit not working at all.
A dirty filter isn’t only going to affect the efficiency of your unit, but it’s going to make a big difference in the air quality in your home. You don’t want your family breathing in all those dirt and dust particles do you?
Create Some Shade!
Creating shade over your air conditioning unit outdoors will help keep your unit energy efficient.
When the sun is pounding down on and around your AC unit all day your air conditioning is working extra hard to cool that air.
Creating shade for your AC’s compressor unit will cool the air that is being sucked into your air conditioner and the unit won’t have to work so hard.
There are many ways to create shade for your air conditioning unit. You could create a canopy or install and awning over your unit.
Another great idea you could DIY is creating a screen to surround your air conditioning unit. You could do this using lattice, wood, or even fencing panels.
Creating a screen to surround your unit will work double duty to create shade and boost your curb appeal by hiding your air conditioning unit.
There are plenty of materials you can use to create a screen—think lattice, wood, or even fencing panels. You could also DIY yourself a simple wooden shelter. A quick google search will offer lots of creative ideas.
Finally, planting shrubbery around your unit that will grow tall enough to create shade for your air conditioner is also an awesome option. Again, this option would also work double duty—throwing shade on your unit and boosting your home's curb appeal.
Make Sure Your Air Conditioner is the Right Size
If you’re having a new air conditioning unit installed, it’s important to be sure you are purchasing the correct sized unit to keep up with the demands of your home.
If your air conditioning unit is too small for your home, it’s going to be working non-stop to keep up with your home’s cooling demands which means higher energy bills.
Insulation Is Important
Properly insulated homes are happy, energy efficient homes. In the summer the insulation in your walls and attic help the cool air from escaping.
If you don’t have insulation in your attic, all that cool air your AC is working hard to produce is sneaking right back outside. That means your air conditioner is working harder to keep your home cool.
The same is true for the colder months. In the winter your heat will escape if your home is not well insulated. You don’t want all your hard earned dollars flying out the window, so make sure your home is properly insulated.
If you’re in the Northwest Arkansas area and need a professional electrician to help you install a smart thermostat or for any other electrical needs, Patton Electric is here to help. Josh Patton offers quality electric work for a fair price.