Las Vegas is known for bringing the heat in the summertime. With rising heat comes rising utility costs as well, as we crank up the air conditioner to combat the high temperatures. While we want the indoors to be a cool relief when we come in from the sweltering outdoor oven, we also don’t want to break the bank during the summer months. There has to be a happy medium, right? Definitely. Check out these ways to lower your AC costs as the weather gets warmer.
This may seem a little unrelated to air conditioning, but trust us, the right windows will end up saving you money on your utility costs. Older windows were not made to be as energy efficient as newer ones. This means that they let more heat from direct sunlight in, and they let more cool air out. As a result, your air conditioner has to work harder to keep the temperature regulated. New windows can cut down on this temperature exchange and allow your AC unit to catch a break, just like your budget.
Once your windows are up to date, it’s time to check those seals. Maybe you have upgraded in the past couple years, but it still seems like there’s a bit of a draft near your windows. Ensuring that the seal is unbroken around your windows helps to cut down on the loss of cool air. While checking this, make sure there are no cracks or gaps in the windows themselves, or in the walls around them.
Home automation can cut costs in many ways, not excluding lowering your utility bills. Programmable thermostats come in a variety of options, such as ones that you can pre-program, or ones that learn your temperature habits over time. There are even ones that can be remotely controlled by an app on your phone. This allows you to regulate the temperature when you are not at home, or even when you are at home enjoying the comfort of your couch. Not only are these thermostats convenient, they can save you money throughout all the seasons!
Another way to cut down on your AC costs throughout the summer is to keep up with changing out your filters. These filters collect dust and other particles in the air, and when they collect a lot, the efficiency of your air conditioner can be drastically reduced. When these filters are dirty, your AC unit has to work harder, using more energy, and increasing your bills. Switch these filters out every couple of months, and even more frequently if there are kids or pets in your home.
Direct sunlight can quickly heat up a room, even if your windows are closed. Light-blocking curtains or shades can be extremely efficient in cutting down the amount of harsh sun shining into your meticulously cooled living room. This, in turn, cuts down on the heat coming in, which means your AC doesn’t have to work as hard cooling it down again.
Getting your AC unit maintained regularly can increase the efficiency at which it operates as well. You can determine if there are any potential problems, see if your filters need changed, or if any adjustments need to be made to coils, connections, or refrigerant.
If the rising temperatures have you worried about your bills, don’t sweat it. There are many ways you can cut down on your AC costs this summer. If you have more questions, or want to get your unit tuned up, contact our experts today.