Energy bills typically go up during the summer months, but you don’t want to pay more than you have to. While your HVAC system may have to work harder from June to August, there are things you can do reduce the stress on it throughout this period.
In addition to scheduling a timely air conditioner repair, below are effective things you can do to save money on your AC in the summer.
Stop Air Leakage
Rule number one is eliminating unwanted drafts. Air infiltration goes both ways: the areas that allow breezes into your house also let conditioned indoor air escape.
According to ENERGY STAR®, a typical house has gaps around doors and windows and behind walls that add up to half a mile! If your property is relatively old, it may be hiding leaky voids that must be sealed.
Proper insulation covers the cracks that cause a type of heat transfer called convection. Buying fenestration products with a low Air Resistance rating is another long-term solution to reduce your summer AC costs.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
Programmability is a practical thermostat function. It enables you to create temperature settings in advance so you never have to manually adjust your device again, unless your preferences change. If you still have a manual thermostat, you should strongly consider upgrading to a programmable or smart model.
Keep the Sun Out
Decreasing solar heat gain is a logical means of reducing your house’s cooling load. The sun’s infrared light (the part that produces heat) is at its most intense in the south. Dress up your windows facing that direction to help keep your rooms naturally cooler and therefore easier to keep at the desired temperature during the summer.
Schedule an Air Conditioner Repair Before Summer Rolls Around
There are many more ways to combat the heat of summer, but a timely air conditioner repair is the most effective one. Call J & M Air Conditioning & Heating at (951) 663-4895 now to request service and ready your HVAC system for the cooling season.