10 Ways To Reduce Air Conditioning CostsHeating and air conditioning your home takes the largest chunk of your monthly utility bill, and most homeowners can expect their energy costs to climb along with the summer temperatures. Follow these helpful hints to reduce your AC costs during the summer heat.
1. Boost the effectiveness of your AC by running ceiling fans at the same time.
2. Avoid using the oven or other hot appliances during the hottest part of the day.
3. Use a programmable thermostat to give your AC a break while you're away from home.
4. If you have modern, low-e windows and patio doors, you're probably already saving on cooling and heating costs. If you don't, consider installing them or finding other ways to block solar heat gain.
5. Close vents to the basement, which naturally stays cooler anyway.
6. Trade incandescent lighting for CFL or LEDs. They'll generate less heat and save you money on replacements and electricity in the bargain.
7. Evaluate your home's insulation. Fixing an insulation problem could save you money on heating as well as air conditioning.
8. If you have older AC equipment, consider an upgrade. Modern air conditioners are built with energy savings in mind, and don't have the wear and tear that could make an older unit run less efficiently. If you choose an Energy Star certified air conditioner, you could be eligible for a tax credit, rebates or other special offers.
9. Check your air filters monthly and change them per manufacturer recommendations. Don't make your equipment work harder than it has to!
10. Have your heating and AC systems checked once a year to keep them running at peak efficiency.
You can shave dollars off your monthly bills without sacrificing comfort as long as you know where to make cuts. Call ARS®/Rescue Rooter® at 1-800-277-9400 to set up an appointment with one of our Comfort Advisors, and they can evaluate your current HVAC system!