Maintain the Air Conditioner to Save on Energy Costs
Air conditioners require regular maintenance to operate efficiently. Failure to maintain and service your AC unit may lead to increased utility bills due to high energy use and poor performance.
Clean the air vents to get rid of dust. Make sure air can freely circulate by removing any objects that are blocking the vents. Place electronics, appliances, and lamps away from the thermostat because the heat these devices emit may cause your AC to function less effectively.
Change HVAC Filters
Replacing the AC air filter is an easy way to ensure that your AC unit runs efficiently and smoothly. Dirty and clogged filters reduce the AC unit’s efficiency by blocking airflow, causing it to work harder to maintain the temperature. Simply cleaning or replacing the clogged air filter helps reduce energy usage by approximately 15%.
To keep your AC unit functioning efficiently, make sure that you change or clean the air filters as recommended by the manufacturer. However, if you live with a fur-shedding pet, you’ll need to change the air filter more frequently.
Save on Energy Costs with Fans
Adding ceiling, box, and floor fans are minor investments that can yield significant savings. Using fans allows you to raise your thermostat by a few degrees and still be comfortable. Unlike AC units that cool the air, fans cool your body with the wind-chill effect.
Lower the Water Heater Costs
Dishwashers, clothes dryers, and washing machines consume a lot of energy. Using cold water to do your laundry can cut the energy bills considerably. Wash only full loads of clothes and dishes to be more energy-efficient. Take shorter and cooler showers during the hot summer weather to further conserve energy.
Seal Your Home to Save on Energy Costs
Preventing air leaks is one of the best ways to insulate your home. Weather-stripping and will help save on energy costs. Sealing your house against air leaks is relatively cheap, effective, and easy. Use caulk to seal openings and cracks around window frames. Use weather-stripping on movable objects like doors and window sashes.
Inspect your basement and attic for air leaks and seal small cracks with caulk or foam. If there are larger holes or gaps, you may have to replace the insulation and drywall.