Keeping your home cool, without spending what seems like an arm and a leg on an energy bill, can be a challenge during the hottest days of summer at the shore. Below are a few helpful tips that will not only help your air conditioning unit run more efficiently, but could also save you money.
Check for leaks – Make sure that there are no cracks or worn seals on windows or doors that could be letting cold air out of your home. You can check this yourself by running your hand along edges of windows and doors to feel if cold air is escaping. Caulk and insulation can help solve this problem.
Programmable thermostats – Programmable thermostats allow you to save energy because you are able to adjust the temperature and control the HVAC unit when you aren’t home. Wifi thermostats allow you to control the temperature of your home from a mobile device. Keep your house warmer than normal when you aren’t home, and lower the thermostat setting to 78°F when you are home and your house needs cooling. Check out our blog post to learn more about the benefits of a wifi thermostat.
Keeping your unit protected from the sun – This can help with energy efficiency. Also, removing any debris that has accumulated in the system can help the efficiency of the unit.
Change dirty air filters – Air filters are a common oversight, but they should be changed every 1-3 months to increase energy efficiency and air flow.
Close your blinds – During the hottest part of the day, don’t let the outside heat warm up your home. Closing your blinds helps to keep your home cooler.
Fans – Using fans helps air move around the room, which makes the room cooler. If you utilize fans, your HVAC will not have to work as hard to maintain an even temperature.
Replace your unit – Last but not least, take some time to think about how old your AC unit is. While your out-of-date air conditioning unit may work, there are new, more efficient models that will save you money and energy in the long run. Our experts could help you decide upon the best unit for your home and budget.
Also, Freon (R-22) air conditioners are being phased out as the cost to charge the unit is now upwards of $500. So, if you have one of these air conditioning units, you will definitely want to look into a new one. While a new unit may seem like a large investment, it will be well worth it. We also offer financing options. Inquire to find out more.
Along with these tips, having your AC unit regularly serviced is key to its efficiency. If your AC unit isn’t functioning efficiently, call the comfort specialists at Broadley’s. We will assess the problem and offer a solution, whether it be a quick fix or a new unit. Give us a call today to schedule a service appointment at 609-390-3907 or schedule online HERE.