While enjoying the beautiful summer weather is one of the best things to look forward to at this time of year, the heat can quickly become too intense for comfort. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems help us stay cool when the weather outside is too hot to bear.
However, these air conditioning systems aren’t free to operate. And if you aren’t careful, you could soon see your energy bills rising by hundreds of dollars after you turn your air conditioner’s temperature way down.
Want to spend less on keeping your HVAC systems running all summer long and save your money for fun things? Take a look at these three tips for keeping your air conditioning costs a little more under control this summer:
Change those air filters
One of the best ways to keep your air conditioning costs under control is also one of the most basic. If you’re not switching out your HVAC filters once every three months, you could unknowingly be forcing your air conditioner to work harder to cool the air within your home, using more energy in the process. New air filters will cost you about $20, but the cost savings they provide will more than make up for this.
Get a programmable thermostat
It might seem like it’s too simple to even be included on this list — but you might be amazed at how much this little device can save you. When you install a programmable thermostat, you can cut your annual energy expenditures by as much as $180. This is because thermostats allow you to raise the temperature higher when you’re away from home, using much less energy than if you were to keep your house cool all day long.
Start your cost savings early
Did you know that having your air conditioner properly installed is one of the biggest determining factors in how much your energy bills will cost? In fact, an improper HVAC installation can raise your energy bills by as much as 30%. For this reason, always have any new air conditioners installed by the right professional.
Know of any other ways to make your HVAC systems run more efficiently? Have any questions or thoughts about heating and air conditioning systems in general? Let us know by leaving a comment below.