Running your air conditioner can get pretty pricey. Many people each year choose to live in discomfort rather than pay exorbitant air conditioning costs, sweating through the summer months or trying to avoid their home like the plague.
What if I said you could avoid discomfort and run your AC longer with a few simple tips?
- Plant trees and bushes.
You know how you always try to park in the shade during the summer in order to keep your car cool? Well your house can work the same way. Heat comes from the sun shining onto your roof and windows. Your humble abode will be naturally cooler if you plant some trees and shrubbery around your house to obstruct the sun’s view, which means your AC has to work a lot less to cool it down.
Also, an air conditioning unit works better when it’s cooler. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can enhance your unit’s efficiency by covering it in shade.
- Let humidity dictate your fan speed.
Feel free to leave your AC fan on high unless it’s a particularly humid day. Slower air movement causes your air conditioner to remove moisture from the air, which in turn makes life considerably more comfortable for the people in your home. Low humidity, high fan. High humidity, low fan.
- Leave the AC off when you’re asleep or not home.
You’ve probably heard this one before but it bears repeating. You’re not going to notice the temperature while your asleep, which is 1/3rd of every day if you sleep an average of 8 hours each day. That’s a lot of time for your AC to work without you benefiting from the cost of running it, so why not turn it off? You could save up to 15% on your air conditioning bill just by remembering to turn it off when you’re asleep or not home.
These are very simple tips that could save you a lot of money in the long run. Follow these three guidelines and you’ll probably be surprised by just how much money you save in the long run.
Stay frosty my friends.