Anyone who’s ever spent a summer in Texas knows how important it is to have an air conditioning unit that works. When temperatures run well into the 90s and start to stay that way, the cost of keeping your home or business cool skyrockets. Before you turn up the AC this summer, here are a few things you can do to save money and keep cool.
Save on Air Conditioning by Sealing Cracks
When you turn your AC on, you shut the windows and doors to keep the cool air in. However, if the seals around your doors or windows are old, then they probably aren’t doing their job anymore. Our local AC repair servicemen are often called to homes and businesses with owners that are upset that their cooling costs are high and want to know why. Poor insulation around door cracks is the most common culprit.
Keep the Heat Out
There are several things that can drive up the cost of air conditioning that are completely out of your control. One thing that you can control is how much sunlight you let into your home. If you want to help keep your monthly electric bill down, then close the blinds and curtains in your home. While sunlight is something we all enjoy, it really does drive up the temperature inside your home or business. When your air conditioning doesn’t have to work as hard at keeping your home cool, that means less AC unit repairs for you.
Use a Ceiling Fan Instead of Central Air
If you’re thinking of turning on your central air to cool your home, try your ceiling fan first. A ceiling fan uses far less electricity than your air conditioning unit does and can make a room feel up to 10 degrees cooler. Even the most energy efficient units still use lots of energy to run properly. If you’re considering an air conditioner replacement to help keep your home cool, try a ceiling fan first.
Place Your Thermostat in the Right Place
The reason your air conditioning turns on is because the thermostat on your wall is reading a high temperature. If that thermostat happens to be next to a hot window or otherwise warm surface, then it’s going to kick on a lot more often regardless of how cool the rest of the home is. Have your thermostat installed in an area that doesn’t get too warm during the day.
Lex Air Helps You Save Money
If your AC unit is no longer energy efficient, it could be costing hundreds of extra dollars each year. We can replace your unit and offer tips on how to reduce your energy bill each month. Get in touch with us today to learn more.