How to Save Money on your Air Conditioning Bill This Summer
May 10, 2021
Summer is almost here, and with temperatures exceeding 95°F, Denver homeowners struggle to keep their home cools and energy costs low. But we all know that summer is a time when energy bills skyrocket due to the constant usage of air conditioners. Energy consumption can quickly spike, just like the temperature at midday.
According to the US Department of Energy, US homeowners pay roughly 6% of energy bills toward air conditioning, which amounts to $29 billion annually.
We have heard numerous Denver homeowners worrying about skyrocketing energy bills during summers as they continue using air conditioners to enjoy the peace and comfort of their homes.
But as the temperature soars, can Denver homeowners minimize their rising energy bills? Luckily, there are some simple tips that you can apply to control your energy costs during this summer:
- Upgrade your Windows and Use Blinds
- Install a Programmable Thermostat
- Use Ceiling Fans
- Change Clogged Air Filters
- Enjoy Cooking Outdoors
- Perform Regular HVAC maintenance
- Replace your Air Conditioner
- Call JDs Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning for Servicing your Air Conditioner in Denver
You just invested in a brand new air conditioner and enjoyed the comfort of cool air while the temperature outside is 95 F. But you notice your ac not cooling your home as you’d expect it to be.
After all, it’s the latest model, so what could have gone wrong? You finally realize that your windows are not sealed properly, due to which all the cold air leaks out. This forces your air conditioner to continue running for long hours, thereby raising your energy bills. Moreover, if you use curtains, it can really help cut down the amount of sunlight and heat entering your home. This directly impacts your energy bills because your ac won’t be working uninterrupted for long hours.
According to the Department of Energy, use white or silver-colored reflective window films on the outside of your windows. This way, as much as up to 76% of heat won’t enter your home.
Programmable thermostats help you in reducing your energy costs. Programmable thermostats regulate the temperature to ensure you neither feel too hot or too cold. An ideal way to reduce your energy bills is to turn off your ac while you’re away. You can save as much as up to 15% by turning off the air conditioning unit when not in use.
Instead of setting your temperature at 75 degrees and letting your air conditioner work continuously, we have a better solution for you. Set the temperature at 78 degrees or even 80 degrees and turn on your ceiling fan, which will circulate cool air throughout your room/home or garage, and take some of the burdens off of your air conditioning unit.
The air quality of Denver is pretty good, but that doesn’t mean the same for our homes. In fact, the indoor air quality can deteriorate as much as ten times than the natural air because of lack of ventilation. When your ac is running, it works by bringing in filtered cool air. When your air filters are clogged with dust and debris, your ac has to work harder in circulating cool air, thereby increasing your energy costs. It is ideal to change the air filters once every three months.
Cooking indoors increases temperature and puts a lot of strain on your air conditioner. Instead of cooking indoors, why not do it in the backyard? Have some fun with friends and family members and enjoy cooking on the grill outside.
If your air conditioner isn’t regularly maintained, you will incur high energy bills this summer. A well-maintained air conditioner can save as much as up to 10% on electric bills this summer; every degree counts.
If your air conditioning unit is nearly 15 years old and is often demanding frequent repairs, it’s time to replace it with a new one. While it isn’t easy to buy a new unit, which can cost as much as $5,000 for a central air conditioner, it is always worth the investment. The latest models of air conditioners are quiet in operation and extremely power-efficient, helping you save your energy bills this summer.
There are several ways to save money on your energy bills, and the ones we listed above are time-tested and proven to help you. In case you still feel difficulty, give us a call, and we’ll visit your premises for a thorough inspection. Whether your AC needs complete servicing or repairs, we’ll do it right the first time. We served in the Greater Denver Area and do not charge hefty fees during peak seasons.