Having an air conditioner installation in your home will make it a much more comfortable and livable place for its inhabitants, but having the air conditioner running many hours in a day can also cost you a lot of money with an incredibly costly electric bill.
But it’s difficult to limit the use of an air conditioner, especially when you’re experiencing the hottest summer days of the season. Still, we’re always looking for ways to save money while making sure we’re able to provide a home that’s ideal for our family.
You won’t have to stop using your air conditioner completely to save on money from your electric bill. There are a number of methods that can allow you to use your air conditioner without breaking the bank.
Here a few simple money saving tips on air conditioning to keep in mind as the scorching hot days approach.
- Keep your cool inside the home. And we mean that literally – that is, you should inspect the structure of your house to see if there are any cracks or openings where the cool air from your air conditioner can seep through. Some usual suspects include a poorly insulated attic, and faulty doors or windows.
- You can usually hire the services of an air conditioning contractor or utility provider to do an energy audit in your home, but since this article is about helping you save money as opposed to helping you spend it, we recommend that you do an energy audit of your home by yourself. And a DIY energy audit need not be complicated – you just need a little time and patience in poring through every corner and space of your home to see if there any cold air escaping through them.
- Use a ceiling fan. There are many benefits to having a ceiling fan in your home: it helps circulate air inside the space of your home, and more importantly, it assists your air conditioner in keeping your home cool, but at a much lower cost.
- Close the curtains or the blinds during the hottest part of the day. It’s not enough that you seal your home to make sure none of the cool air from your air conditioner comes out. It’s also important to keep out as much of the heat of the sun as you can so that your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your rooms cool. Consequently, keeping the blinds and curtains closed during the hottest part of the day serves as good insulation that traps the cold air inside your home.
- Set the thermostat to the highest number that’s bearable and still comfortable for you and your family. Remember that the lower the thermostat goes, the harder your air conditioner works, and the more electricity you use up, leading to a skyrocketing electric bill. You should also be wary of where you put your thermostat – if it’s next to a hot window, it’s more likely that your air conditioner will get triggered to work harder and cost more.