When the temperature starts to rise in Maryland, so does your utility bill. With the average family spending nearly $2,200 per year on energy bills, people are searching for ways to save money. Fortunately, even small energy-efficiency improvements can make a big difference. Check out these easy summer energy saving tips to lower your air conditioning costs.
Home Energy-Saving Tips for Summer
Make sure your summer starts off right. Before turning on your central AC unit, check out these energy-saving tips.
- Turn your air conditioner on for a few minutes before summer. That way, if there’s a problem, you’ll have plenty of time to have a Constellation Home technician come out and fix it.
- Be sure the thermostat is set to cooling mode. Setting the dial below the current room temperature won’t activate your air conditioning if it is set in the “off” or “heat” mode.
- Make sure your outside AC condensing unit is uncovered up and clear of brush. The air conditioning unit draws outside air into the system. If it cannot pull enough air, it won’t operate efficiently. And that means higher energy bills. Clear leaves and bushes from around the unit.
- Be sure to change the AC filters regularly. A dirty filter can restrict air flow, reduce efficiency and cause the evaporator to ice up. Check manufacturer specifications and replace disposable fiberglass filters and clean electrostatic or electronic filters accordingly.
- Make sure all your HVAC access panels are secure. Check to see that all the screws are in place.
- Schedule a cooling system tune-up with Constellation Home. Make sure your AC unit is ready for the summer with our comprehensive 21-point air conditioning system efficiency tune-up.
Saving Money on Air Conditioning
- Use your windows when you can. If it’s cool outside, open a window. The best way to keep your AC bills low is to use your AC only when it’s necessary. But when you do use your AC, make sure that hot air isn’t leaking into your house.
- Set your thermostat to a sensible temperature. Resist the temptation to go frigid. Try to keep your thermostat at 78° as often as possible.
- Run your thermostat efficiently. Instead of turning your thermostat to a low setting to cool your house suddenly, lower the temperature gradually. You’ll save money and cool your home just as fast.
- Use our Constellation Home Energy Calculator. Our free tool can help you see how much you can save on your energy bill.
A clean exterior air conditioning unit will operate more efficiency. But be extremely careful when cleaning an outside HVAC unit. Using a hose and water can result in a serious electrical shock and possible shorting of electrical components.
Be sure to schedule routine maintenance for your AC unit with Constellation Home.