Summertime in Michigan means your air conditioning is running. The bad news is that every degree you turn the thermostat down makes your energy bill go up. The good news is that there are ways to stay comfortable while saving money. Here are some A/C operating tips:
Keep a close eye on the thermostat
- The thermostat is a key place to start. You should not “set it and forget it.” Adjust the temperature as the cooling needs change. When the house is empty, or during the overnight hours turn the temperature up. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, you should consider it.
- Learn to live with a warmer setting, like 78 degrees. Remember, every degree you turn the temperature up will save you 3 to 5 percent on your cooling costs.
Fans are a great help
- Ceiling fans use much less electricity than your A/C. When you use fans to move the air, you can raise your thermostat setting as much as four degrees.
- Don’t leave fans running in empty rooms. A fan doesn’t cool the room; it cools people by moving the air over skin.
Use windows wisely
- You can reduce your cooling load significantly by blocking the sun with shades and blinds.
- When the temperature allows, open windows and turn the A/C off.
Watch the lights
- Light bulbs generate heat. Turn them off whenever possible.
- Keep lamps away from thermostats to avoid artificial heat from affecting the setting.
Maintenance is important
- Follow a maintenance schedule for your system.
- Clean grilles and vents.
- Keep the area around outdoor equipment clear.
Avoid extra heat
- Don’t use the oven any more than necessary.
- Swap incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescents (CFLs).
- Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bath to remove heat and humidity.
If you follow these A/C operating tips, your home will remain comfortable for less money.
To learn more money-saving A/C operating tips, please contact the experts at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. We have provided comfort, peace of mind, and healthy environments for our residential and small business customers for more than 30 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about A/C operating tips and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.