As the summer months approach, it can be tricky to know when it’s time to turn on the AC and when you should just open the windows and enjoy the summer breeze. To help you manage your home energy costs in a smart way, we’ve compiled a few tips on how to use your air conditioner efficiently.
Set It and Forget It
The EPA recommends setting your thermostat to a comfortable 78°F and not adjusting it further. This will maintain consistent airflow throughout your home and save you money on your monthly energy bill. If you’re looking for more control over your energy use, consider investing in a smart thermostat. Not only are these incredibly convenient, but they also monitor and track your energy use.
Change the Filter
The air filter in your HVAC system needs to be replaced when it gets clogged up. Over time this will prevent much needed air from flowing through your system and can cause it to overwork, thus costing you more money. Change the filter before the summer season to prevent this from happening.
Leave the AC Running
This something many people don’t think of when trying to save energy, but if the outdoor temperature is significantly different from your desired temperature, you can end up wasting more energy in the long run. Instead of shutting the air conditioner down when leaving home, just increase the temperature a few degrees and then you’ll be able to keep the energy expenditures
How to Save Money and Stay Cool