When summertime rolls around, it’s only natural that many of us look for ways to save money on our energy costs. In some cases, homeowners will sacrifice their own comfort by running their air conditioners as little as possible or by blasting it so that it’s freezing in the house and then turning it off—which you’ve likely noticed isn’t that effective, nor is it an efficient use of your air conditioner.
The good news is that you don’t have to sacrifice anything to lower your utility bills. By investing in Oklahoma City, OK air conditioning services such as preventive maintenance for your AC, and by following the recommendations below, you can still enjoy the cooling comfort of your air conditioner while lessening the cost of using it.
Raise Your Thermostat Settings
We get that this may sound counterintuitive, but it can save you a lot more energy than you may realize. As we mentioned above, blasting your AC as cold as possible is not an efficient—or effective—way to cool your home. In fact, air conditioners struggle to cool any lower than 20 degrees of outside temperatures. The average person is comfortable at about 78 degrees, so try leaving your thermostat set at this temperature.
Keep the System Unobstructed
The outdoor cabinet of your air conditioner is called the condenser, and in order for your AC system to work as efficiently as possible, the condenser must be able to expel heat to the outdoors. So, if it’s surrounded by dirt, leaves, branches, and other debris, then it will make the air conditioner work harder.
Also, consider your indoor vents. If they are too clogged up with dust, it can obstruct airflow, making your air conditioner work harder to get the airflow through in order to reach your desired temperatures. Keeping your vents clean and clear will help with this.
Keep Heat-Producing Appliances Away from the Thermostat
Your thermostat can pick up inaccurate temperature readings, called “ghost readings,” from heat-producing appliances that are near it. This means your AC system can run at the wrong time, wasting energy.
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