This heat is killing me! Okay, not literally but it sure has been excessively hot here in Utah. Air conditioners are putting in overtime hours! With temperatures as high as they are – you are bound to see the extra demands put on your air conditions reflected on your monthly utility bill. Given this, I thought it might be helpful to provide some tips and pointers to help conserve your energy bill:
Cooling and your Utility Bill
Did you know that the Department of Energy estimates heating and cooling to be about 48% of your energy bill? That accounts for nearly half of your monthly utility expense. As such, small changes and adjustments can help save a significant amount of money. A change of one degree can reflect a 3% savings on the energy bill.
Another way to help keep heating and cooling costs down is to change your air filters on a regular basis. Also, make sure you get your air conditioners (and your heaters) maintained and tuned up annually. This will save you money in the long run and they will run much more efficiently. If your air conditioners are old and running poorly, it may be time for a new upgrade. One of our licensed HVAC specialists can consult with you to provide the best options for you and your home. After all, not all systems are created equally nor do they carry the same ratings and efficiency output. Air conditioners and heaters should be matched to the size of your home. If your air conditioning unit is too big, it may be turning on and off too frequently. If it is too small, it may continually run.
Other Ways Energy can be Wasted
Also, constantly adjusting our thermostat can be tedious and use extra energy. It may be worth looking into upgrading your thermostat to a digital model or even a smart model – which you can control from anywhere.
It will also help to keep you more comfortable if you turn on fans, wear light and breathable clothing, and avoid using the oven if at all possible. Go out and enjoy an evening BBQ or a cool shower before bed.
Our HVAC specialists are here to give you tips on staying comfortable, saving money, and having your air conditioning unit run as efficiently as possible. Give us a call today to discuss all of our air conditioning needs or to obtain a free estimate. Enjoy the heat of summer – just not inside your home!