The summer season in our region presents a big challenge. The challenge is keeping comfortable when the heat and humidity are at their worst! Thankfully, we live in a time when we have the ability to use air conditioners to cool our homes and keep things livable. But using those systems can come at a price, especially if you aren’t careful.
We want you to be able to stay comfortable without an overly high bill. This doesn’t mean being without the use of your AC either. Let’s explore some ways you can enjoy better energy efficiency in your home which will make using your air conditioner in Dublin, GA easier and less expensive.
Tips To Boost Efficiency And Keep Your Cooling Bill Manageable
Keeping your home comfortable shouldn’t be something that destroys your budget. Here are some tips you can use to keep your energy use reasonable without sacrificing your comfort.
- Raise the temperature on your thermostat: We know this may sound counterintuitive but hear us out. Many people have their thermostat set well below where it needs to be, exceeding the temperature differential (20 below what the temperature is outside) and below what is actually going to be comfortable. Double-check your thermostat and try to keep it to 78° or more, depending on the outside temperature. For example, if it is 100° outside, your AC cannot lower the indoor temp below 80° anyway!
- Keep the sunlight out: Sunlight carries plenty of heat, especially during the summer. While a brightly lit room may be pleasing to the eye, it will also be a large source of heat! Try to keep the sunlight exposure in your home to a minimum by covering south-facing windows or any windows that get a good deal of direct sunlight throughout the day. This will keep your indoor temperature more manageable which makes things easier on your AC.
- Avoid using appliances that add heat to the house: Making a big hot meal on a hot day may not be in your best interest. Instead, now may be the time to get creative with your charcuterie options! Avoiding the use of your oven or stove can prevent the addition of a good deal of heat to your home which, you guessed it, helps make it easier to keep your home cool!
- Make the most of your fans: Your ceiling fan or standalone fan can’t cool the temperature of a room. However, it can help more evenly distribute the cool air that your AC produces. It can also help you feel cooler by increasing sweat evaporation, which makes it a lot easier to raise the temperature on your thermostat.
- Change your system filters: Have you changed your AC system’s filter yet? If not, make sure to keep an eye on it so that you know if and when you need to! A dirty filter can undermine AC operation while a clean one can help improve system effectiveness and efficiency.
- Schedule maintenance or repairs: Last but certainly not least, make sure that your AC gets the service it needs to do its job well. Yearly maintenance and prompt repairs can make or break the effectiveness and efficiency of your system all season long.
Need help with your AC this summer? Make sure to come to the pros for any work you might need.