One of spring’s greatest gifts is turning off your heater and enjoying lower utility bills. Just as you adjust to the extra cash in hand, summer comes along, and so does A/C usage and the return of elevated electric bills. Believe it or not, there are simple tips you can use to give your air conditioner a hand to lower utility spending.
- Use natural ventilation whenever possible. Here in Amarillo, we don’t have to suffer from the humidity that many of our fellow Texans contend with. Evenings are sometimes cool enough to open windows and doors and allow cooler air in, which means we can shut the A/C off for a little while and give the electric meter a break.
- Shut doors and windows when A/C is used. Natural ventilation is a perk, but don’t forget to close all of the doors and windows when it’s time to turn the air conditioner back on.
- Turn on the ceiling fans. Did you know ceiling fans can make a room feel 4 degrees cooler than it really is? This is because the air passing by your skin creates a cooling sensation. You can raise your thermostat temperature to compensate. Every degree you are able to raise your thermostat translates into savings in cooling costs. Remember to turn fans off when you aren’t in the room.
- Use a programmable thermostat. It’s easy to forget to adjust the settings when you change your thermostat manually. Get a programmable thermostat and program it in a way that makes sense. Keep temperatures higher when nobody is home or when everyone is sleeping to conserve energy.
- Regular maintenance. The best way to keep your A/C running efficiently is to observe a routine maintenance schedule. While some of the tasks can be done by you, others should be done by a professional.
- Need a replacement? If your A/C is more than 10 years old, talk to us about an energy-efficient replacement.
To learn more about saving energy this summer, contact Amarillo Air Conditioning. We’ve provided reliable HVAC service to the Amarillo area for more than 50 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about A/Cs and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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