Summer is rapidly approaching and it’s going to be a scorcher!
Here are some helpful hints to keep your cool and your cooling bills low.
Set your thermostat to 78°. After tuning up your system and correcting any problems, the next step in cutting your cooling costs is to adopt some simple energy-saving habits. For instance, you can cut your system’s operating costs by 20% or more simply by setting your thermostat 6° higher.
If everyone in the U.S. can do this, The U.S. could save the equivalent of 190,000 barrels of oil per day. In our California climate, it’s possible to be comfortable at temperatures above 80° with the simple use of room fans.
Shut off your Thermostat when you’re not home. Don’t waste money by cooling your house while you’re away at work or on vacation. If you keep shades drawn it usually wont take much energy to cool your house down when you return. However, if you turn your air conditioner off on the very hottest days and turn it on when you return from work, it may run consistently without cooling down your home very fast. One solution is to use a programmable thermostat to keep the thermostat to keep the temperature 4-6° warmer while you’re away, then automatically return the temperature back down to around 78° an hour or so before you return.
Don’t overcompensate with your thermostat setting. Remember, Thermostats are merely on-off switches. Setting the control to 60° wont cool your house any faster and it will waste additional energy if you forget and leave it running at the low setting. The best setting typically for summertime is 78° or above.
Don’t forget to get your annual maintenance done before the warmest days of the year.
There are tell tale signs of an air conditioning unit that needs expert help. These signs are: noisy operation or grinding/ popping sounds, higher utility bills, dimming of lights when AC kicks on and of course blowing warm air or blank thermostat. If you notice any of these symptoms, it may be time to call a professional HVAC Contractor.