5 Easy Tips to Cut Down Your Cooling Bills This Summer!
Summer temperatures are soaring, and so is your AC bill!. Great news! It doesn’t have to be that way. In this article, we reveal some super easy measures you can adopt in your household to reduce your energy bills this season.
We also talk about how you can save big by installing a high-efficiency Lennox air conditioner in your Markham home. Moreover, if you’re looking for air conditioner repairs, Constant Home Comfort has you covered. Our skilled HVAC technicians perform same day repairs at very affordable rates.
Without further ado, let’s explore the best ways you can cut costs this summer.
Reduce the Buildup of Heat During the Day
When the temperatures outside exceed the temperatures inside, try to stay away from tasks that generate a lot of heat such as cooking on a stovetop and using a clothes dryer. Instead, you could try microwaving food, grilling it outside or letting your laundry air dry. If you must do these activities, you can do them after the sun goes down and the temperatures dive.
By following these simple rules, you will save money on electricity – and cut costs associated with having your AC work overtime to make up for excess heat and humidity indoors.
Draw Curtains, Blinds, and Shades
This one seems like a no-brainer but you’d be surprised to find out how much conditioned air you are losing by keeping those curtains open. Your house gains a lot of heat by default when you keep the curtains drawn throughout the day. When these are completely closed on a sunny day, highly reflective blinds can drop the heat spike by as high as 45%.
Moreover, when you use curtains of a lighter hue, they have a higher chance of deflecting the scorching rays. If you hang these blinds as close to the window as possible, you will effectively be blocking the exterior heat from radiating inside.
Maintain Your AC Regularly
Just having a high-quality AC from a well-known brand along with a programmable thermostat isn’t enough anymore. You have to administer the proper care to your equipment at regular intervals. Clean and replace the filters at least once a month and this will reduce energy consumption by anywhere between 5 to 15%.
For central cooling system owners, make sure that the floor registers aren’t clogged with dust or furniture. The unit’s evaporator and condenser coils should also be dust-free and clear of debris, grass, insects, and branches.
It’s always a good idea to have a skilled HVAC technician come and service your unit from time to time. They can administer the kind of care that you won’t be able to do yourself.
Why is my AC running but not cooling? There could be a couple of reasons why your AC is not emitting cool air – power/thermostat issues, clogged filters, ice buildup, clogged drain, dirty compressor, low refrigerant levels, to name just a few.
How much does it cost to get an air conditioner fixed? This depends on the brand and the specific problem at hand. The average cost for an AC repair is about $300. This does not include the cost of any parts that need to be replaced.
Use Your AC More Economically
The smaller the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures, the less you’ll be spending. Reduce energy bills by as high as 10% when you program your thermostat to increase the temperature while you sleep or while you’re outdoors.
And remember! When you return to a warm house, turning the AC to a colder than normal temperature does not cool the house faster, it just places a heavy strain on the unit – and your wallet.
Replace Your Money-Guzzling Unit With a High-Efficiency AC
An older inefficient air conditioner will have a low SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio). The higher the SEER, the bigger the savings. Old systems operate in the 8 to 10 SEER range. Newer ones soar as high as 25 SEER which saves you 8 to 10% for every increased SEER point. It’s easy to see that high-efficiency systems pay for themselves over time.
How much does it cost to install air conditioning? You’re looking at an average of $4,600 on your new AC installation.
Enjoy BIG Savings By Installing a High-Efficiency HVAC System!
Attention GTA homeowners; Constant Home Comfort has some great summer surprises coming your way. When you replace your old energy-draining unit for a high-efficiency HVAC system, you will receive tremendous energy saving opportunities.