Saving Money on Air Conditioning (AC)
Tip to Help You Save Money on Your Air Conditioning Bill (AC)
Below you will find a list of common tips for saving money on your air conditioning.
Set your thermostat higher - at least into the mid 70's F. It's the simplest and best way to reduce coolilng energy bills.
Clean the indoor and outdoor coils of your air conditioner unit.
Keep the refrigerant for your cental AC at the proper level. (Typically done by a professional)
Avoid running appliances (such as a dishwasher) that radiate heat until cooler times of the day such as early morning and night time.
Make sure your house is closed up tightly during the day. Open windows or doors will allow more heated air to enter the home.
Check (and change as necessary) your AC/Furnace filters regularly.
Make certain your ductwork is cleaned yearly. Dirty ducts will make your ac unit less efficient. Additionally, dust from the ducts will be spread through the house increasing the number of air pollutants.
Make certain your attic ventilation is adequate. Inadequate attic ventilation will create a great deal of heat in the attic which will raise the temperature of the rest of the house.
Get a programmable thermostat and set it to turn off the air conditioner during times when people are asleep or are not at home.
Consider installing a "whole house" fan to rapidly cool your home in the evenings from outside air.