Did you know that air conditioning accounts for about 12% of the average home energy bill? And that number could be even higher in Wilmington, NC, thanks to the particularly hot and humid summers.
But there are some ways to keep your electric bill down without the temperature going up. Below are 5 ways to save money on your air conditioning expenses this summer.
5 Steps to Lowering Your A/C Costs
1. Cover your windows
It’s nice to let some natural light into the room, but it also lets the heat in at the same time. Keep your windows covered with curtains or blinds during the hottest part of the day, especially any windows on the sun-side of your house.
2. Plant some trees
Heat creeps into the house through the roof and walls. But planting some tall trees or shrubs near the house can shade the areas where the sun is normally shining. Planting trees may require more of an investment upfront but will pay dividends once those trees are providing enough shade to cool your house naturally and allow you to turn down the air conditioner.
3. Install ceiling fans
The cost to run a ceiling fan at full speed is minimal in comparison to an air conditioner. Moving air helps evaporate sweat from the skin and is cooler than stagnant air. Installing and running numerous ceiling fans throughout the house will allow you to take it easier on the air conditioner.
4. Get a smart thermostat
A lot of money is lost when homeowners run the air conditioner when they aren’t home. Nobody likes coming home to a sweltering house, but keeping the unit running when nobody is there is not exactly efficient.
A smart thermostat can save you a significant amount of money on your air conditioning bill by programming it to only turn on at certain times of the day when you expect to be on your way home, and many can even be controlled remotely with your smartphone.
5. Place your thermostat on the correct wall
A thermostat located on an exterior wall or near a window can register higher temperatures and therefore kick on the air conditioning prematurely or more frequently. Your thermostat should be positioned on an interior wall away from any outside doors or windows. Don’t place it anywhere that receives direct sunlight in order to read the indoor air temperature accurately.
Have Your Air Conditioner Serviced
The above tips are all helpful ways to save on air conditioning this summer. But the single biggest culprit of large air conditioning expenses is an inefficient unit. When an air conditioner is not working properly, it’s forced to work harder. And the harder it has to work, the higher your electric bill ends up being.
A great way to save money on air conditioning every summer is to have your system inspected and tuned up every spring. Our HVAC repair and maintenance includes a 15-point inspection to make sure your system is working efficiently and minimizing your energy output.
Schedule an appointment with Wilmington Air today to get your air conditioner — and your wallet — primed for summer.