Reduce Air Conditioning Costs This Summer

Looking for ways to keep your home cool this summer without breaking the bank? Generally summer heat goes hand in hand with high utility bills, but there are some effective methods to lower indoor temperatures which will reduce strain on your AC system and your bank account. Below are some tips to keep your home cool this summer.

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Service Your Air Conditioning

To ensure that your system is running at peak efficiency, give Haldeman Mechanical a call today. Our expert Service Technicians will perform a thorough cleaning of your unit and identify any potential problems before they become larger ones. This saves you money in the long run and ensures your system is running at optimal levels to keep your home cool all summer.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats allow you to automatically adjust the temperature of your home and can often be operated from a smartphone. Setting the temperature based on when you are away or the time of day can reduce the workload on your AC while still maintaining your family’s comfort.

Use a Dehumidifier

High humidity levels can actually make your home feel even hotter than the actual air temperature. Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air, making your home feel more comfortable, reducing the need to turn up your AC. They can be attached directly to your HVAC system to address the issue throughout your home or you can utilize portable units in individual rooms as needed.

Avoid Using Heat-Generating Appliances

Dryers, stoves, dishwashers, and ovens all create heat which can contribute to the overall temperature of your home and strain your AC. Avoid using these appliances during the hottest parts of the day. Instead, save these tasks for early morning or evening and utilize options like crock pots, microwaves, and grills for cooking.

Upgrade Your Air Conditioning

If your current AC unit is more than 10 years old, it might be time to consider an upgrade. A higher efficiency unit can make a substantial impact on your long-term cooling costs. With a wide range of options available at various price points, contact Haldeman Mechanical today to discuss the right option for your home.

Clean or Replace Your Filters

Dirty filters restrict airflow and cause your AC unit to work harder to cool your home. Replacing or cleaning filters allows air to move freely and increases the overall efficiency of your unit, thereby reducing energy usage.

Use Ceiling Fans

Using ceiling fans with your AC helps to more evenly distribute cool air throughout your home. As a result, you can set your thermostat to a higher temperature without sacrificing comfort.

Close Curtains and Blinds

Closing curtains and blinds during peak daytime hours helps to block the sun from raising the interior temperature of your home. This simple act can help reduce both utility bills and strain on your AC. In the market for new curtains? Consider lighter colors as they are more effective in reflecting the sun.