How To Cut AC Energy Bills This Summer
August 18, 2023
As the summer heat rolls in, keeping your Kansas City home cool and comfortable becomes a top priority. Unfortunately, running your air conditioning system constantly can lead to high energy bills.
If last month’s electricity bill made you jump out of your skin, read on for some helpful tips to optimize your AC’s energy efficiency and potentially your monthly utility bill as well! If you suspect you need of an AC repair, call Hamilton to help.
How to Cut Home AC Energy Usage
Here is how to cut AC energy bills and usage this summer without sacrificing comfort.
Replace the air filter
A clogged or dirty air filter can restrict airflow and make your AC work harder. Air filters remove dust, particles, and other contaminants from circulation, helping the air conditioning system to function efficiently and cool the home quicker. Dirty filters are a burden on the system, forcing it to work harder to circulate cool air.
A clean filter will also enhance indoor air quality by trapping dust, pollen, and other allergens.
Make it a habit to regularly replace the ac filters for your AC system to ensure proper air circulation and improve the efficiency of your system. This is necessary for your HVAC to function properly and efficiently.
Clear the space around the AC unit
Keep the area around your AC unit clear of debris, plants, and any other obstructions. Proper airflow is essential for optimal cooling, and a cluttered area can impede the performance of your system. Ensure there are at least two feet of space around the unit to allow for proper air circulation.
Clean the vents and air ducts
Dust, dirt, and debris can accumulate in the vents and air ducts, hindering the flow of cool air. Regularly clean the vents and consider professional duct cleaning to remove any buildup. Clean ducts and vents allow the air to circulate freely and ensure efficient cooling throughout your home.
Seal air leaks
Windows, doors, and crawl spaces may have air leaks, allowing cool air to escape and hot air to enter the home. Carefully check these areas for leaks and use caulking and weather stripping to seal air leaks and keep your home nice and cool.
Install a smart thermostat
A programmable thermostat helps increase energy efficiency by adjusting temperatures while you’re away or asleep. You can program them manually or purchase one that will learn your preferences and habits and preferences over time and will optimize energy usage accordingly. Some programmable thermostats can be set up remotely using an app.
The benefits of a smart thermostat include the option to set higher temperatures when you’re away and cooler temperatures when you’re at home. Optimize your energy and monthly bill.Upgrade to a smart thermostat that allows you to program temperature settings based on your schedule.
Energy-Efficient Home Improvements
You can also make energy-efficient home improvements that could help you reduce you and your home's energy usage and potentially save on your monthly energy bill, especially during the summer.
Upgrade your windows
Old windows are most likely single-pane windows, which are not as good as modern windows at deflecting heat and keeping cool air inside. Single-pane windows only have one layer of glass and offer little insulation from summer heat and humidity, allowing almost 90% of UV rays to enter the home.
Insulate walls and the attic
Attics, walls, and crawl spaces are susceptible to air leaks and can be a silent strain on your A/C system. Consider hiring a professional to properly insulate your home.
Install solar panels
Homeowners across the country have installed solar panels to lower their monthly electricity bills. Whether bought or leased, solar panels can help reduce energy usage and ease the burden on the A/C system.
Schedule an AC inspection
Regular maintenance is key to keeping your AC system running smoothly. Schedule an AC inspection with a professional technician to ensure your system is clean, properly lubricated, and functioning efficiently. A well-maintained system not only saves energy but also extends the lifespan of your unit.
Sign up for the Pro Service Plan with Hamilton with Roger The Plumber
Consider enrolling in our Pro Service Plan. This comprehensive plan includes annual AC tune-ups, priority service, discounts on air conditioning repairs, and other benefits. Regular maintenance through the Pro Service Plan keeps your AC system in peak condition and maximizes energy efficiency.
Take proactive steps to maintain your system, optimize airflow, and invest in smart technology. For professional assistance or to enroll in the Pro Service Plan, call Hamilton at (913) 227-4943
Last Updated: August 29, 2023