How To Lower Your A/C Costs This Summer
Energy-Saving Myths for Air Conditioners
Short of starting over with a whole new energy-efficient system, what should you do to lower your energy costs while still beating the Corpus Christi heat? The cost of staying comfortable shouldn’t be uncomfortable!
So, before you impulse buy a whole new system (we like to help create educated customers), here are some of our best DIY tips to help you stay comfortable at a comfortable price this summer.
Don’t Stop and Start Your AC too Frequently
To help your AC run as efficiently as possible, you need to have a little bit of background knowledge about how your AC actually works. If you don’t, you might make the mistake of trying to save money by using the stop-start method for your AC.
Believe it or not, letting your AC run for a longer time, less frequently will actually lower your AC costs. Kind of like a car’s gas highway mileage is more efficient than its city mileage, your AC needs at least about 5-7 minutes to reach peak efficiency. At this point, it will produce the most cooling with the least energy.
Another reason to use this approach is that quick stop’n’start method actually adds extra wear on your system. It’ll steadily decrease the lifespan of your machine if you do this consistently.
If you want to make sure your unit is in optimal shape for efficient energy usage, we recommend getting an AC tune up. By getting this done at the beginning of summer, some people actually save enough money for the repair to pay for itself by the end of summer!
Keep Doors and Vents Open
Sometimes, people shut doors to keep cool air in a room or they close vents to keep that precious cool air out of an unused room. Actually, these strategies are more likely to increase your energy bill.
Your system is designed to circulate air through your whole house. If this circulation is blocked, air pressure builds up in certain rooms, and your system will actually work harder to try and push the cold air out of the room you’re trying to keep it in. The harder it has to work, the more energy it expends and the more it’s going to find other places to leak out.
When Should I Get Professional HVAC Help?
Ultimately, if your energy costs become unsustainable summer over summer, it might be time to call in professional help. As air conditioners get older, they begin to lose some of their energy efficiency. If the costs are climbing above what you want to pay, it may be worth the 1-time investment to update to a more energy-efficient system.
This investment can also be just a routine check up where one of our amazing techs will make sure all of your parts are in the best possible shape for performance and longevity. Or, if you’re looking for something a little more substantial, we would be more than happy to help you find the best air conditioning unit for your needs and budget.