5 Tips to Lower Your Electricity Bill in the Summer When Using Air Conditioning
Now that summer is here we all know what that means, the heat will be unbearable and so will our electricity bills. This means that since each household will be using the air conditioning throughout the week, thus the electricity will be running continuously throughout the entire summer. The results of the expenses can be extremely high and we know how hard it can be trying to pay a higher bill in the summer, so we have 5 tips to help you save:
1. Leave the air vents open
If the air vents are open in your home, you are less prone to the house failing to cool off. Air circulates in a rapid pace if there are not objects blocking or preventing from moving. If the air vents are closed, this creates a pressure imbalance in the cooling system and can cause your air conditioning unit to work harder and this will eventually lead to the unit giving out.
2. Avoid using the oven as often
Using the oven in your household can cause heat to circulate throughout the home. An average oven gives approximately 475 degrees in total depending on what you are cooking. The heat from an oven can give off a large amount of this heat even if the door is closed in the space of an oven. One of the most crucial tips we have is to use the oven as less as possible. The stove won’t give off as much heat, but an oven can make an average sized home very hot, quick.
3. Schedule regular maintenance
If you schedule regular maintenance on sending a certified contractor to periodically look at your air conditioning unit so that it maintains its efficiency and life expectancy then you are less at risk for the unit giving out. Scheduling a maintenance at every 4-5 months and even more often in the summer will prevent you having to spend more on fixing your air conditioning unit if it breaks.
4. Set the thermostat to 78 to 80 degrees when you are home
If you stick to these areas when you are inside of your house, this will help your air conditioning unit stay consistent in pumping out cool air while also not overworking and your house staying cool. If you leave the house, it is advised to turn the thermostat to 85 degrees. For every degree that you set your house at above the 80-degree mark, it is estimated that you save 2 to 3% on cooling costs.
5. Set your ceiling fans to blow downward
The last tip is to set your ceiling fans to blow downward instead of upward. Setting your fans to this setting can help air flow throughout each room and overall, throughout the house. If the ceiling fans are blowing downward, then the air conditioning can focus on each specific area of the room(s) so that the house can keep cool and circulate.