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Summer is quickly reaching all of us. Many people in the United States, are already experiencing temperatures into the 90’s. The heat typically leads an increase in your power bill, as we all are using our air conditioning a lot more. These are tips that I use on a regular basis to help keep my energy bill down during the hot months.
Air Conditioning Tips
Have your air conditioning system checked at least twice a year by a reputable company. By having it checked regularly, you may be able to detect leaks or issues before they become a financial burden. When the freon leaks from your system, it will not cool efficiently and leave you hot.
Make sure the AC filter stays clean. I check my AC filter at least twice a month. Doing so, allows me to make sure that it is not getting filled with dirt, animal hair and dust.
Try and only use your bathroom exhaust when necessary. Running it for longer periods of time is only sucking out your cold air out the roof. Thus, the room is hotter, leading to a higher electricity bill.
Do not be afraid to turn up your thermostat. If you are working away from the house, it is okay to turn up the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher. You can purchase the inside temperature controls relatively cheap, and with today’s controls, you can schedule them to start cooling the house when you leave work.
While this may not work for everyone, we purchased a window unit for our bedroom. Most of my family does not like to be cold at night, but my husband and I do. As strange as this may sound, installing this window unit, lowered our power bill by approximately $100.00 in the summer. The decrease is because our central air conditioning unit not being turned way down and it was not working harder to cool our room at night. A window unit is also handy in case of a natural disaster. You can easily run a window unit on a generator.
Summertime is hot and sweaty. There is no need to be hot and sweaty in your home if you do not have to be. What do you do in the summer to keep your air conditioning running smooth? What are your summertime tips and tricks?
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