How to Save $ on A/C bills?
Don’t we all love that Air Conditioning works during the summer? Well, it works, but most people are hesitant to turn it on because the amount of energy your average unit sucks costs more than what most people are to afford. Add to it that our energy bills aren’t getting any cheaper either. However, the question is, how else do you keep yourself cool when it’s 40 degrees out there? Do you just put up with it? Fortunately, there are ways to save money by not having to run the air conditioning as much as you usually do. But this will require thinking outside the box and beyond running the AC at the highest setting.
Fortunately, we’ve done a lot of thinking on your behalf and have a few solutions for you. Depending on who you are, perhaps start with implementing one solution and then move on to the next. The best thing about these solutions is that they don’t cost much money, which means anyone can afford them. It also means you should do it.
In our years of experience, these are some of the best ways to save money on air conditioning. Our team has years of experience helping homeowners like you, so call us if you have a question.
Clean Your Attic
We don’t mean clean your attic because your mum might scold you for being untidy. But a clean, uncluttered attic makes airflow throughout the home easier. This means that when you run the AC, you don’t have to worry about parts of your home remaining hot because air isn’t passing through the way it should.
Cleaning up your attic will also make it easier to examine if it’s damaged and what other steps can be taken to improve the cooling system’s efficiency, some of which we’ll examine in the next step.
Insulate Your Attic
One of the reasons your AC isn’t performing as well as it should and sucking up more energy than you care to pay for is that your home isn’t well insulated. According to the US Department of Energy, heating and cooling comprise 49% of the average home’s usage. But you could use more energy because your attic lets all the hot air in.
You may have learnt in science class that hot air rises up. Hence if there are gaps in your insulation, way up there in your attic, you’re essentially letting hot air into the home. This hot air mixes with the cold air and thus ensures that the air does not remain cold for long. So, you turn up the thermostat, which results in higher energy bills.
If anything, attic insulation can lower your energy bills by up to 30%.
We must stress that before you decide to install, replace or add more insulation to the existing one, ensure you get your attic’s insulation inspected. Our team will review the insulation, ensuring it is damage-free and that the area can be adequately insulated with the best quality material. Plus, this also allows us to identify other potential problems and fix them to improve the efficiency of your air conditioning further.
A Quiet Cool Fan is probably something you never considered, but it can drop your AC usage by as much as 50%, if not more, in some cases. Plus, when correctly installed, it prevents mildew formation, purifies the air quality, eliminates odors, and replaces air fifteen hours every sixty minutes, amongst other features. However, the essential feature is that it displaces heat in your attic and rooms.
QuietCool is a product many people might not have heard of because it is a new green product catching on like wildfire. The system of fans helps to circulate the air throughout the entire home. This ensures you have a consistent supply of fresh and often cool air without running the AC over time; you’ll run it far less than you did previously. So, the result is that you save money while not having to put up with the heat.
There have been countless instances where the ductwork wasn’t up to snuff, which meant the home wasn’t being cooled the way it was. It also meant that homeowners had to run their cooling over time.
Your ductwork must be appropriately sized to fit every room of the house. Plus, the ducts must be properly insulated to retain heat or cold, whichever may be the case. Furthermore, for this to work, the ducts must be professionally installed to have optimal and equal airflow through every room.
If you already have a series of ducts, then you need to get it examined. Our team will review and, if required, recommend repairs or cleaning, or both. This will ensure uninterrupted airflow.
The important thing to remember is that every part of the duct system has to be sealed so that there is no air leaking. Taking this step alone can improve the efficiency of your HVAC system by up to 25%.
There is no getting around the fact that you must run the air conditioning in Orange County. It can become extremely hot, which mandates running your AC, but it does not have to run inefficiently. When you take the right steps, some of which we listed above, you can run the AC at half the price! Feel free to contact us if you’re still feeling hot and paying twice as much for power.
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