It’s sometimes a frightening experience to open up your bills each month to see what it’s costing you to live comfortably. While your living expenses might be rather low, keeping your home’s air conditioning on full blast throughout the day just isn’t always the best option. To combat the potential for high cooling costs, here are a few tips and tricks you can try at home instead of being in fear of a high A/C bill.
- Plant Trees! If your home is lacking the shade it might need, the addition of a small tree or a larger shrub can shade areas in which sunlight affects your home. This reduced the amount of sunlight entering your home, as well as improving the efficiency of your unit by up to 10%!
- Solar Screens. Mesh-like window screens can intercept up to 70% of solar energy before it actually hits their home. This is very effective on east and west facing windows, where the sun will position itself to shine through and enter your home.
- Change The Temperature. At night or when you’re away from home, try turning off the Air conditioning or reducing usage. This can save you 15% on your bill strictly due to how much time is spent away from home when your A/C is actually running.
- Fans. Instead of powering your A/C on full blast, place a fan near one of the vents where the air will come through. This way, it can be distributed throughout the house in order to generate a feeling of higher pressure or cooler air.
- Don’t Use The Stove. Believe it or not, cooking hot food all the time can actually lead to higher A/C costs, as your thermostat will notice the rise in temperature from the kitchen. Utilize your grill and have a bbq styled dish every once in a while, and you’ll see a dip in how much energy your home needs to cool the house back down.
Of course, an out of date unit will also need to work harder to cool you down on a hot day. If your home could use an upgrade in the HVAC category, Aspen Air Conditioning is stocked with a number of air conditioning units with great SEER ratings for every home or business. To learn more about how we can help you stay cool, call us at 561-396-1500, or like us on Facebook!