Our hot summers in Southern Louisiana call for running your air conditioner way more than normal, which can cause a significant surge in your energy bills. However, most people choose to pay the higher bills rather than spend the summer uncomfortable in their own home due to the heat. In this article, we will discuss a few tips and tricks that can help you reduce your summer energy bills without sacrificing your comfort in the process.
1. Close the blinds while you’re not home
Keeping your blinds closed, especially when you’re not home, is an easy way to lower your summer electric bills. The sunlight that enters the room warms the inside temperature of your home. As a result, your AC unit will have to work extra hard to keep the room cool throughout the daylight hours.
Simply closing the blinds during the day while you are away or at work will prevent these rays of sunlight from heating up your home.
2. Keep the AC temperature set at 72°F or higher
The ideal temperature to keep your home’s air conditioner at to save money on your electric bills without sacrificing comfort is 72°F (22°C) and above. It is important to keep in mind that with every degree you raise the thermostat, you will see savings of anywhere from three to five percent on your energy bills.
This gives you the power in how comfortable you want to be in your home. Setting the temperature at a higher setting may feel a bit uncomfortable at first, but you will be able to see serious monetary benefits from the long term practice of this.
3. Upgrade to a smart thermostat
Another highly effective way to reduce your energy usage is to install a programmable or “smart” thermostat. These thermostats have a built-in timer feature. You can set the thermostat to raise to a higher temperature during the hours you are normally out of the house during the day and go back down to a lower temperature setting when you are at home during the evenings.
This will accelerate your cost savings. If you’re actually considering getting a smart thermostat, also consider getting one that has built-in WiFi as well, so you can set the temperature of your home from anywhere, right from your mobile phone. You’ll never have to worry about forgetting to adjust the temperature when you are outside or gone on the weekends.
4. Keep heat away from your thermostat
You should never place your air conditioning’s thermostat near sources of heat. This includes it being near lamps or even in direct sunlight. The thermostat will sense the heat and more than likely result in abnormal readings/functioning.
As a result, your air conditioner will run for longer periods of time, even after the desired temperature is reached when it has a faulty temperature reading. This will cause your energy bills to skyrocket.
5. Schedule a summer AC tune-up with the team at Foulks Southern Air Heating & Cooling
By scheduling a seasonal tune-up with the team at Foulks Southern Air Heating & Cooling, you can rest assured knowing we will keep your AC unit in working condition all summer. With a tune-up from our professional technicians, your AC unit will run efficiently without using too much energy.
Our expert technicians will also carry out a thorough inspection of your AC unit and perform any needed repairs. This process helps us catch any potential issues before they become large-scale and very expensive issues all while contributing to reduced energy bills. Contact us for either your repair or maintenance needs here in South Louisiana.