How Can I Save Money On Air Conditioning Cost This Summer?
Summer is on it's way and it won't be long before you can get outside and enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature. But, along with all of that beauty comes the heat. And, you know what that means. Your HVAC system will be kicking into overtime to keep your home comfortable.
Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to minimize the financial hit of the higher utility bills this summer. Here are a few things to think about that will save you money.
#1 Take Advantage of Smart Technology
If you don't have a programmable thermostat, it's definitely something that you want to look into. It allows you to control the temperature in your home at different times of the day, so you're not wasting your HVAC's energy when you are sleeping or out of the house.
#2 Protect Your Cool Air
Keeping all of that cool air inside of your home is crucial. These are some of the areas that you can focus on to protect your cool air.
- Air gaps: Sometimes, houses will settle and cause air gaps to form around windows and doors. If you notice any air gaps, you can easily seal them with caulking or weather stripping.
- Window coverings: Rooms with windows facing the sun will absorb all of that heat, making your air conditioner work harder. Drapes or blinds do a great job of blocking the sun.
- Exhaust fans: While you still need to use the exhaust fans in your bathrooms and kitchen, they are pulling out cool air. Using them sparingly will save you money.
#3 Pre-season Inspection
The best way to make sure that your entire system is running efficiently is to have it inspected by an HVAC professional before the season starts. Not only will they be checking all of the mechanical components, they will also be looking at the duct work, making sure there aren't any leaks.
#4 Furnace Filters
If furnace filters aren't changed on a regular basis, your cooling system will be using more energy to circulate the air, making your utility bill higher. They should be changed every 30 to 60 days, depending on the quality of your air.
#5 Update Your HVAC
If you have an older HVAC system, you could consider updating it. Newer, energy efficient furnaces and air conditioners will significantly reduce your energy consumption, saving you money.
If you are looking for an HVAC professional to get your home's air conditioning ready for this summer, contact us at Command Services Center by calling (847) 558-7780 or using our online form to schedule an appointment. Our certified technicians are ready to assist you with all of your heating and air conditioning needs. We'll schedule an in-home consultation to go over your specific needs, and get your home ready for the season.