Summer time is a time for vacations and outdoor activities. Most people end up spending a vast majority of their time away from the house. I know you want to come home to a cool house after a long day in the heat, but leaving your air conditioner running while you’re away could be costing you an abundance of money. Here are one or two easy steps that can eliminate your A/C’s energy consumption and help you keep hundreds of dollars a year in your pocket.
The first thing you should try is turning the thermostat closer to 80 degrees when you plan to be leaving for awhile. On average, your HVAC system uses 4% less energy per 1 degrees closer to the outside temperature that you set a thermostat.
Second, Look into buying a programmable thermostat to help get better temperature control for a home. They can be only $50 and can be programmed from your smartphone to raise or lower the temperature at certain times of the day. It will keep your air conditioner from running constantly if you end up away.
Lastly, make sure to get your central A/C unit inspected by your local HVAC providers ahead of the days when it begins to get hot. They will try to seal duct leaks, as well as make sure your air conditioner is running at peak performance. That way it doesn’t break down in the midst of summer and leave your home feeling just like a boiler room.
These are just a few of the tips for lowering your air conditioner’s energy consumption within the summer. If you want to know more, try calling one of your local HVAC companies, or checking out their website, for tips made for the climate of your region. Sometimes, spending a little bit of money now can save you a lot more down the road.