By Tzvi Lefkowitz
Don’t let your AC blow your money away. Use these tips and pay less to cool your house this summer.
Running the air conditioning can make an electricity bill skyrocket, but the alternative isn’t comfortable either. There are a few ways to use your air conditioner more economically and save on electricity bills this summer.
Quit cooling the neighborhood
Cool air inside can seep out poorly insulated attics, improperly sealed doors and windows and other cracks.
To see how well your home is locking in the cool air, stand outside your home and run your hand along the windows and doors. Can you feel cool air escaping? If you do, caulk around leaky windows and add insulation around doors.
Use a smart thermostat
You can upgrade to a smart thermostat—such as Sensibo. Smart thermostats can regulate heating and cooling, adjusting to save energy when you’re not home. Plus, you can adjust the settings remotely using an app on your phone. Some even work with Amazon Alexa, Samsung SmartThings, Apple HomeKit, Wink, Google Home and other smart home platforms.
Make sure your thermostat is on the right wall
Thermostat placement can play a big part in air conditioner efficiency. If it’s placed on a wall right next to a hot window or a heat source (like the oven), your air conditioner will kick in much more often than it needs to because it will respond to a higher temperature than that of the actual room.
Close the curtains or trissim
The hot sun streaming through a window won’t just heat up your thermostat; it’ll heat you up, too. During the warmest part of the day, close your window blinds and keep out the sun. It can also help insulate your windows, which stops the cool air from escaping.
Use a fan
A fan can help save on cooling costs. Sometimes you don’t need to lower the thermostat to feel cooler; according to the National Resource Defense Council, a ceiling fan can make a room feel 10 degrees cooler, and uses 10 percent of the energy guzzled by an air conditioner. You can even go high-tech and install smart ceiling fans that connect to an app. You can schedule these fans to turn on and off at appointed times, and you can control their speed via the app.
Raise the temperature when not at home
Many people think that leaving the air conditioner at the same temperature when you leave the house (for more than two hours) saves money because the AC won’t need to work as hard to recool the home. This isn’t the case. Lauren Urbanek of NRDC says it’s most economical to turn the thermostat up a few degrees when you leave the house.
A programmable thermostat can make it very easy to keep your AC at the right temperature. You can program the unit to work at higher temperatures while you’re at work and cool down right before you get home.
Keep the temperature setting high
Always set your thermostat to the highest temperature you can live with. Even a slight change in the temperature can bring significant savings; you can save up to 10 percent a year on your cooling bills by setting your thermostat five degrees higher. The Department of Energy recommends aiming for an indoor temperature of 25.5 degrees when you’re at home.
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