Spring is here, and summer is just around the corner. That means it’s time to fire up your air conditioner. For too many people in Birmingham, Alabama, running an AC system also means higher electric bills every year, but there are ways to mitigate that problem. Learn some handy tips for reducing your spring and summer cooling costs so you can stay comfortable all season long without putting a dent in your budget and wallet.
Reducing Cooling Costs
Nobody likes a high electric bill, but too many of us consider it a fact of life when it comes to spring and summer cooling. In truth, there are things you can do that will help with reducing cooling costs, and still stay comfortable. Watch your thermostat, use fans, keep the shades drawn during the day, and you’ll see your costs go down.
Watch Your Thermostat
When you set the thermostat too low, it makes your system work harder, which uses considerable energy. In general, you don’t want your inside temperature to be more than 10 degrees cooler than outside. Even better, set it a few degrees warmer than what you think you need. You probably won’t notice one or two degrees, but your electric bill will show the difference.
Try using good old-fashioned fans or ceiling fan to help the effectiveness of your AC. As the fan circulates air, you’ll feel a cooling effect on your skin.
Keep the Shades Drawn During the Day
Many people balk at the idea of drawing their shades — they like the light in the spring and summer. There’s something to that, but there’s also something to the idea that shade is cooler than direct light. Drawing the shades can lower the temperature in your house. Keep them closed and the AC system won’t work as hard.
Finally, get your HVAC system serviced twice a year. If you’re in need of regular maintenance, call One Source Heating and Cooling at 334-203-3466 and let us help reduce your spring cleaning costs today.
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