Everyone is trying to find ways to save money. Why spend more than you need to? Of course, one of the easiest practices to stretch your dollar is to reduce your living expenses. At Triad Mechanical in Snellville, we see people every day who need help with their out-of-control air conditioning costs. Here are some tips to keep your cooling consumption low and use less energy during the spring, summer, and early fall.
Shut the Front Door!
Closing all your doors inside and outside can save you money, especially if you have rooms you just don’t use and can turn off or redirect the cool air in those rooms.
Of course, doors that open to the outside can cause you to lose a tremendous amount of chilly air. Keep them closed. Yes, you want to keep the windows closed as well. Curtains can also help keep you from absorbing heat during the summer, hot air that your air conditioner will have to work hard to overcome.
Keep It Cooler
Setting your thermostat at a target temperature between 76 and 78 degrees can save you hundreds of dollars a year. It’ll be a little warmer indoors, but you can compensate with the right clothing, like light cotton T-shirts and shorts. You can also turn on your ceiling fans and stay hydrated to feel nice and cool.
Adding insulation to your attic, basement, ceilings, and garage can help keep the outdoor heat out and indoor cool air in during the summer months. Check the R-value and make sure you are getting something that is rated well for insulation, a product that prevents heat transfer.
Check Your HVAC System
HVAC companies in Snellville, GA, can help you find where your HVAC system needs improvement. Sometimes, a simple air filter change and routine duct cleaning can dramatically improve the efficiency of your AC system. Other times, you may need to add insulation around the ducts or simply replace your old system with a more energy efficient version. Whatever the case, your HVAC system should be checked at least once a year because, when it runs at its best, you save money on your power bill.