How Can I Lower My Air Conditioning Bill?
As the temperature starts to go up, so do our energy bills—and it’s no wonder! Air conditioning accounts for the majority of electricity usage in the average household. If you’re like most homeowners, you’re always looking for a way to cut costs. So this year, try following these simple tips for keeping your bills low, without sacrificing your comfort.
Paint Your Roof White
It’s basic science—dark colors absorb light while lighter colors reflect it. Painting your roof white or another light color means that your home will absorb less light. This makes your home cooler, giving your AC less work to do.
Clean Your Air Ducts
If your AC just isn’t cooling your home but your energy bills are still sky-high, then dirty ducts may be to blame. Over time, dirt, dust and other debris gathers in your home’s air ducts. When this happens, it becomes difficult for air to travel to your home. Your air conditioner now has to use twice the amount of energy just to keep up with your cooling needs. Having a professional HVAC technician clean out your air ducts can help lower your energy cost as well as improve your home’s indoor air quality.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
A programmable thermostat is one of the best ways to save energy in your home. These “smart” thermostats can learn your schedule and will adjust your home’s temperature automatically when you are not home. This way, your home is set to the most cost-effective temperature when the house is empty, but will still be cooled by the time you get home.
The landscaping around your home may actually have a big impact on your home’s temperature. Try planting lots of large, leafy bushes and trees near the west side of your home to block out excess sun. This will protect the inside of your home from extra heat and give your AC less work to do.
Don’t Roast… Call Sea Coast
There is no need to suffer inside of your own home! At Sea Coast Air Conditioning, our friendly technicians are here to help your family save money and stay cool. So don’t wait, call Sea Coast Air Conditioning today!