Staying cool this time of year requires lowering your thermostat, which also requires lots of power to maintain those temperatures. And that can get expensive! Depending on a number of factors including your system, the size of your home and quality of its weatherproofing, and the ambient outdoor temperature and level of humidity, the increase in your power bill for every degree you lower your thermostat can add up to as much a $100 per month. Imagine that! Lowering your thermostat from 76 degrees Fahrenheit to 75 could, under the right circumstances, cost you an extra $100 on your electric bill.
Fortunately, there are some easy ways to help keep down expenses. The first is to turn on the ceiling fan in the room in which you’re occupying. Although a fan doesn’t actually lower the temperature, moving air against your skin makes you feel cooler, just like a cool breeze outdoors on a hot day. Just be sure to turn off the fan when you leave the room. Maintaining air circulation with a fan somehow easing the workload of your air conditioning system even when you’re not in the room is a fallacy, and only consumes additional power to run the fan.
Another is to close your curtains or blinds that face the morning and afternoon sun. Window glass radiates the rays of the sun and helps usher the sky-high temperatures outdoors right into your home. Keep those curtains closed!
Close doors and sliders, etc. immediately after entering or exiting your home. Leaving a door open for a straggling follower may well be chivalrous, but it also literally costs you money.
There are other ways to help keep down the power consumed by your air conditioning system too, but that get a little more involved—i.e. planting shade trees and bushes near, but not too near, your outdoor unit; and installing a programmable thermostat if you don’t already have one; etc.—and at Adam’s Air Conditioning, we’re only happy to advise you. Give us a call and we can come out to your home and assess your system needs and wants.