It's June and temperatures in Houston are already nearing the "feels like 110" mark. If you're wondering how to keep your A/C in working order and you're electric bill in check, here are a few quick tips!
Change your air filters often - In extreme weather, your A/C has
to work harder. Changing the air filter every 30 to 90 days will help your unit work more efficiently and consume less energy because the air flows better through the unit. If the filter becomes clogged, the unit will have to push harder to cool the house,
resulting in higher electricity consumption (and costs!)
Schedule a check-up -Have
a professional inspect your unit and point out any inefficiencies or leaks.
Aim for comfort - While you're home, set your thermostat between
70 and 75 degrees to balance energy savings without sacrificing your comfort. Keep in mind that a single degree change can represent a 1 to 2% increase to your electric bill! If you're out during the day, keep your unit on but raise the setting to about
80 degrees. It will reduce energy consumption but still keep moisture from penetrating your home. A programmable thermostat can help with this and pay for itself in savings!
Keep your windows closed and ceiling fans on!- Make sure windows
are closed and curtains drawn to keep the heat out as much as possible. A good ceiling fan in every room or living area is a great way to save money, too! By circulating cool air, it can make it feel 3 to 8 degrees cooler in a room.
Unplug your things! - Computers, TVs and other home electronics
generate heat. Unplug your electronics when they're not in use. It will help save a few bucks!