As the temperatures go up in the summer, you’ll probably notice the total on your A/C bill go up right along with them. Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be this way! Here are a few things you can do this summer to keep your bills from skyrocketing without sacrificing your comfort.
Keep Your Blinds Closed
During the summer months, close your blinds or curtains during the day. The sun coming in through your windows will heat up your home considerably and that heat will stay trapped inside long after the sun has gone down. Getting in the habit of keeping your blinds closed during the day will make a big difference in cooling down your home.
Upgrade Your Air Conditioner
If your air conditioning unit is getting older, upgrading to a new, more efficient unit will keep you cool more effectively at a lower setting and will save you money in the long run by lowering your monthly bills.
Plant a Shade Tree
When you are landscaping your yard, consider strategically planting any trees so that they cast shade on your sunniest windows. Having natural sun barriers outside of your windows will prevent too much sun from beating down and heating up your home, which means you won’t need to have the A/C on as much.
Use ceiling fans and standing fans in your house to create a cross draft and improve air circulation. This helps cool and move the air around so that your A/C doesn’t have to do all of the work.
Replace Your Filter
Make sure that you are changing the filter in your A/C system often enough. If your filters are dirty and clogged up, your air conditioner will have to work overtime to circulate the air and cool your home, resulting in higher bills. Check the instructions for your specific unit to find out how often the filter should be changed.