In South Carolina, Summer is one of our favorite seasons. Pools, trips up to the mountains, going out for ice cream on a really hot day… it’s all a blast. On the other hand, the heat can really get you – and your A/C unit – down. Summer is the season when air conditioning usage is highest – which means power bills that seem to rise as fast as the temperatures do. We’ve got some tips to help you up your efficiency and take some bite out of those bills.
- Raise the temp! We commonly keep our thermostats set lower than they need to be to keep cool. 78 degrees is optimal for efficiency, and each degree cooler than that can increase your energy usage by 3 or 4%. That doesn’t sound like much, but over the course of the season it will really add up! If you normally set your thermostat at 72, try it at 74. Wait a few days, then move it up to 76. After a week or so, keep it set at 78. You’ll be surprised by how comfortable you really are.
- Switch out those light bulbs. It doesn’t seem related to A/C usage, but traditional light bulbs give off a surprising amount of heat. Over time, this raises the overall temperature of your house, which means the A/C will need to kick on more often to bring it back down. If you switch to compact florescent bulbs, that won’t be a problem.
- Is your A/C unit too big for your house? When building a new home or replacing an old unit, it can be tempting to get the largest central air unit available with the idea that it will be able to cool your home faster. That seems like it’d save money, right? Well, not really. The larger unit won’t work any faster, and it will just use more power (and therefore, cost more in bills) than a unit that is better sized for your home. Make sure before you upgrade or replace your A/C that you check with a professional to see what size unit would work best for the size of your house.
- Preventative maintenance now keeps those bills down later. Maybe the A/C unit is making a strange noise when you first turn it on, or you know the coils need cleaned. As long as the unit seems to be working, it can be tempting to let things go. However, even A/C that seems to be working fine can be working harder than it has to around a problem you can’t see and running up your electrical bills. If you give Corley a call or fill out our online form, we can come out and check it for you now – and signing up for our Service Partner Plan gives you the peace of mind to know that we’ll be out this spring and again in the fall to check on your HVAC system and make sure everything is running smoothly… before the summer temperatures really start to rise.
Keeping these tips in mind can help you bring down your power use. Instead of sending those extra dollars to the power company, you’ll have them in hand for a visit to the zoo with the kids or for going out to dinner. Always remember if anything does go wrong, Corley is here to help you out! Give us a call to schedule an appointment today!
Looking for more tips to get your home ready for the coming heat? Download our Spring Checklist to get a handle on what you can do to keep your home in great shape!