As the temperature rises, so does your energy expenses. To keep your cooling bills down you may be wondering, is it cheaper to leave your AC on all day in the summer in Jefferson City?
It’s a widespread belief that turning your air conditioner on and off throughout the day is a waste of energy. This is actually false.
Keeping your AC running all the time means you’re not using it very efficiently. We suggest setting your thermostat higher when you’re away, and turning it back down when you return. You can achieve this with a programmable thermostat. Or, a smart thermostat will do the job for you.
It’s a lot more taxing for your system to achieve a consistent setting all day long. It can also lead to a lot of stress on your equipment, since it’s frequently turning on and off.
So, on top of it increasing your energy bills, it might also result in a shorter life span for your AC unit.
No matter what, the greater the difference between your home’s temperature and the outside temperature, the more your AC expenses will be. So, what can you do to remain cool and keep your utility bills low in the summer? Here are our ideas based off of recommendations from the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.
Six Methods to Boost Your Air Conditioner’s Energy Efficiency
- Tweak Your Thermostat. The DOE says that you can conserve up to 10% annually on heating and cooling by increasing your thermostat 7-10 degrees while you’re out. In the summer, it’s recommended to keep your thermostat at 78 degrees when you’re home and 88 degrees when you’re elsewhere. It’s also important to forgo setting your thermostat to a cooler setting than average when you turn on your air conditioner. This doesn’t actually cool off your house any faster, it just leads to bigger energy bills. While these temperatures could appear high, there are many methods to keep cooler without having to always run the air conditioning.
- Take Advantage of Fans, Curtains and Blinds. ENERGY STAR says turning up the thermostat by just 2 degrees and using your ceiling fan can lessen energy by up to 14% over the course of the warm months. It’s important to remember that fans cool people, not rooms. So, when you leave the room, turn the fan off to be energy efficient. Also, keeping blinds down and curtains shut during the day helps keep cool air inside. There are also some window treatments designed to deliver additional insulation and enhance energy efficiency.
- Effectively Seal All Doors, Windows and Openings. Leaky cracks throughout a residence allow for conditioned air to rapidly escape and warmer air to get inside. This may lead to your AC equipment having to work harder to keep your residence cool and your energy bills to increase. Make certain that any cracks, doors and windows are adequately sealed. Caulking or weather-stripping are simple fixes for leaks or drafts around windows and doors.
- Plan for Routine Maintenance. Scheduling air conditioner maintenance ensures your unit is always running at its most efficient. This allows our experts to find little issues before they become significant troubles. A clean air conditioner is usually more efficient and can even run for a longer period of time.
- Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat. One of the best methods to assure comfort and energy savings is with a smart thermostat. This thermostat instinctively adjusts the temperature based on your regular schedule. It works with your smartphone to sense when you’re home or out to maximize your energy savings. In fact, ENERGY STAR states that a smart thermostat could potentially save you about $180 per year on HVAC costs.
- Consider Replacing Your Air Conditioning Unit. You can figure a properly cared for air conditioner to live for 15-20 years. But if you’re regularly calling us for air conditioning repair or your AC bills are rising with no change in thermostat settings, it may be time for an upgrade. We offer many energy-efficient air conditioners, such as ENERGY STAR models that can help you save more on cooling without negotiating comfort.
Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency with Stieferman Heating Company Inc
No one wants to see their air conditioning bill climb during the summer season. If you’re looking for more ways to keep your energy use and expenses lower this summer, our professionals can help. Give us a call at 573-635-3547 or contact us online right away for extra information.