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 should
close the curtains in your house to keep out the heat!
You’d be surprised how much heat gets in through your
windows. However, if your curtains are black, they’ll absorb heat. So, if
possible, 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 around
Anyway, if you’re a cold-blooded person who shivers through
winter, 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 thermostat
is raised. Can you do 75° instead of 72°?
Negotiate with the other members of your
household…reminding them that, last winter, you put on multiple sweaters so
that you could reduce the heat bill! So now it’s time for them to be the ones
to 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 and
then turn it back on when you get home. (Tip: by the way, you can do this in
hotter summer months too, except instead of turning your air off, just turn it
up by 10 degrees or so.) We mention this because of the common myth that you
should leave your A/C on all the time. Otherwise, you’re wasting money because
of the energy spent turning it back on…right?
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 make
sure that your high-efficiency cooling system is actually, well, highly
Yes, a routine check does cost a little bit of money, but
you’ll save in the long run on your month-to-month utility bills. Especially
since we’re closing in on fall and then winter, now is a great time to chill
out with us.
We come to work at MoreVent Heating Cooling Plumbing everyday with one goal: deliver more value and more trust to build lasting customer relationships in Delaware, Montgomery, Bucks, and Chester counties in PA and New Castle county in DE.