How to Save Money With Your Air Conditioner

How to Save Money With Your Air ConditioningThe summer time usually calls for blasting the AC unit to cool ourselves down. 

Summers can be scorching. So much so that sometimes you think the sun is only a few miles above our heads. And, with the climate warming, every summer is looking to be even hotter than the last. July 2016, was the hottest month in recorded history. The average home in the U.S. spends about $375 on air conditioning, is there a way around this? Here’s how to slash your summer bill without having to bathe in your own sweat.

  1. Don’t forget about it.
    Setting your air conditioner delivers almost instant gratification, but it’s easy to forget about when you’re about to leave your house. Turn it off whenever you are planning to leave your home for more than a few minutes.
  2. Clean the air filter. 
    The air filter can sift through debris rather easily when it’s clean. It’s when it becomes dirty that the trouble starts. As air flow constricts, the unit is forced to use more and more energy to get the same amount of air flow. You should change air filters every 2 to 3 months.
  3. Check your system annually. 
    If you have central air, bring a pro to check it out. A professional should be able to diagnose any issues and potential issues that could cause more problems in the future if you continue to ignore them.
  4. Think small.
    Cooling a room with a window air conditioning unit requires far less energy than a central air system. So if you live in a one-bedroom, installing one of these–instead of turning on the central air–will save you money.

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