We know this is the last month of the year where you’ll have to worry about the high cost of your A/C use. But since you do have this one final month before the cold sets in, we’re going to give you some awesome last-minute tips on how to get a lower A/C bill!
Tip #1. Close the Curtains
The same way we’re closing the curtain on summer, you shouldclose the curtains in your house to keep out the heat!
You’d be surprised how much heat gets in through yourwindows. However, if your curtains are black, they’ll absorb heat. So, ifpossible, you should have light-colored curtains to deflect heat.
It doesn’t make that much of a difference, though, so if you’re a late sleeper who loves your blackout curtains, then there are plenty of alternative suggestions for a lower A/C bill.
Tip #2: If You Can Stand the Heat…
…get into the kitchen! (Did we flip that phrase aroundproperly?)
Anyway, if you’re a cold-blooded person who shivers throughwinter, but thrives in the summer, that’s an easy route to a lower A/C bill!
The bill goes down about 4% for each degree your thermostatis raised. Can you do 75° instead of 72°?
Negotiate with the other members of yourhousehold…reminding them that, last winter, you put on multiple sweaters sothat you could reduce the heat bill! So now it’s time for them to be the onesto make the sacrifice.
However, be smart about thermostat adjusting! For example,if you’re going to be out of the house all day, you can turn the air off andthen turn it back on when you get home. (Tip: by the way, you can do this inhotter summer months too, except instead of turning your air off, just turn itup by 10 degrees or so.) We mention this because of the common myth that youshould leave your A/C on all the time. Otherwise, you’re wasting money becauseof the energy spent turning it back on…right?
Nope! That’s just false! You should be turning your A/C offwhen you’re not home. TheDepartment of Energy says that the on/off method can save you up to 10% on yourbill. Plus, with the A/C off, you’re reducing wear and tear on it, and alsodehumidifying your home to avoid mold and bugs. Win, win, win!
In fact, there are a lot of HVAC myths like this that peoplespread around. Click here tolearn more of these myths.
And tell a friend, too, so the misinformation doesn’t continue to spread!
Tip #3: Open Your Windows
September afternoons are still warm, but the nights are pretty cool! Consider leaving windows open at night and getting some free chill, so long as you remember to shut the windows back up again in the morning. (That way, you keep the cold air in, while also not inviting in a bunch of warm air.) Of course, if you don’t have insect screens on your windows, then the need to protect yourself from mosquitoes outweighs all other considerations…
Bonus Step: Get a Maintenance Check
You should have your HVAC system checked annually to makesure that your high-efficiency cooling system is actually, well, highlyefficient!
Yes, a routine check does cost a little bit of money, butyou’ll save in the long run on your month-to-month utility bills. Especiallysince we’re closing in on fall and then winter, now is a great time to chillout with us.
Get your maintenance out of the way early: call us at (610)444-3333 or schedule an appointmentonline!