Summertime means lots of fun in the sun, family holidays, and, unfortunately, higher temperatures and hot outdoor conditions. Retreating to the comfort of your home can be a great reprieve but keeping your air conditioning running 24/7 can be quite costly. In fact, studies show that an HVAC unit accounts for anywhere from 20% to 50% of your home energy use.
This doesn’t mean that you need to shut off your air conditioning during these warmer months. There are some things you can do to reduce your energy costs. If you want to know how, give our article a read. This article has simple steps that show you how to reduce your air conditioning costs for lower utility bils.
High cost of air conditioning
Did you know that the ducted air conditioning running costs range between $300 and $600 per year? Unfortunately, these costs are trending upwards rather than down and Australian summers aren’t getting any cooler. You may not be able to control energy costs, but you can control your energy consumption, which in turn can reduce your energy costs.
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How to reduce Air conditioning Costs
The good news is that there are many things you can do to reduce your energy consumption during the summer months. Here’s a look at the top ways to reduce air conditioning costs.
Use programmable thermostats to control AC usage
If you have not already made the switch to a programmable thermostat, now may be the time. These devices use smart technology that allows you to program your thermostat to turn on or off, or to change temperatures at different times of the day. For example, you can program your thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature when you’re not home.
Regular maintenance of AC unit to increase efficiency
You may already know that regular maintenance of your AC unit can improve its overall performance, but did you know that it can also lower your energy bill? Be sure to schedule regular cleanings and inspections of your AC unit.
Install energy-efficient AC systems
One of the best things you can do to reduce your energy costs is to install energy-efficient appliances, including a new HVAC unit. When searching for an energy-efficient AC system, be sure to check its Energy Rating Label. This label displays the unit’s energy star rating and its average energy consumption. Our team at Glenco can help you compare these ratings and determine which AC unit is right for your home or business.
Seal air leaks in your home
Studies show that leaks in doors and windows account for up to 40% of energy loss in a home or business. This level of heat loss means that your air conditioner needs to work overtime. You can avoid this issue by sealing any cracks or leaks around your doors and windows.
Use ceiling fans to distribute cool air
Ceiling fans aren’t only for cooling down the space, they also help to circulate the air through your home or business. It’s crucial to set your ceiling fan at the right setting. During the summer months, you want to make sure your fan is spinning counterclockwise. You can then switch it back to clockwise during the winter months.
Use curtains/blinds to block direct sunlight
Sunlight coming through your windows can heat up the space and force your air conditioning to work harder. Curtains and blinds can help to block this sunlight out during the hottest times of the day.
Use energy-saving settings on AC unit
The Australian government recommends setting your thermostat between 25-27°C during the summer months. In fact, studies suggest that your energy costs could decrease by 5% for each degree your thermometer is set over the recommended temperature.
Plant shade trees
In addition to using blinds to block out heat from the sun, consider planting shade trees in front of the windows that receive direct sunlight during the day. This natural blocker can help to reduce your air conditioning costs.
Take steps to reduce your energy costs
Don’t spend another year paying high energy bills. Instead, start by taking just a few of the steps listed above to reduce the costs of air conditioning this year. Our team at Glenco can help you with everything from annual inspections to the installation of energy-efficient HVAC units and thermostats. Are you ready to reduce your energy cost? Contact Glenco to learn more.