Summers in Texas, like most everything in the Lone Star state, is longer and hotter than those in other areas of the continental United States. This increased use of air conditioning and HVAC units is one of the primary factors in the increased spending on electricity and natural gas, which gives homeowners less money. Money saving tips and techniques for coping with increased summer temperatures in central Texas can help to save your hard earned income. If the following seven tips are used, the resulting money could be enough to pay for some really cool items that you and your family could enjoy.
Raise The Temperature
The U.S. Department of Energy recommends keeping the indoor temperature of your home at 78 degrees F to reduce your electricity bill. It is a temperature that will still allow you to be comfortable while at home. Every degree below 78 F increases your energy use by 3-4%! In the hot summers of Texas, this can add up very quickly.
Utilize Your Ceiling Fan
A typical two ton AC unit can use around 3500 watts per hour. A ceiling fan only uses between 15-95 watts. Keep in mind to check and make sure your fan is spinning the correct direction! When your fan is pushing air DOWN, it moves air past your body and pushes the warmer air away from your body. Typical, most fans need to be spinning counter-clockwise for this to happen.
Invest In A Timer
Have a timer set for your HVAC unit or window unit and set it to turn on just before you come home. There is no sense in cooling a home if no one is inside. If there are rooms that are not used much, closing the registers or vents in those rooms will allow cool air to go where it is most needed.
Regular Air Filter Maintenance
If you learn how to change your central air conditioner filter, make sure to change it out once per month. It will allow your unit to perform more efficiently.
Size Your AC Correctly
There are several air conditioner types. Buy an AC unit that is right for you and appropriate to your home. Just because it’s bigger, doesn’t mean your house will be cooler. We like things bigger in Texas unless we’re talking about our electricity bill! Do not invest in a unit that is oversized.
Create Artificial Shade For Your Home
If you do use a window unit to cool your home, keep it in the shade because it will use less energy. Using drapes or blinds to block the sunlight will also keep your rooms significantly cooler, especially on the west side of houses.
Update Your Insulation
Make sure that your attic insulation and weatherproofing is up to standards to prevent heat or air from leaking around doors, windows or through the ceiling.
All of these tips are small and easy but in using them in conjunction, your air conditioning bill will be much more agreeable with your wallet! If you would like to assess the health of your current AC unit or are considering a new unit, give the experts at ABC Home & Commercial Services a call!