How to Save on AC Energy Costs
Beat the Heat for Less
Everyone wants a cool house, but for many, comfortable skin can mean an uncomfortable energy bill. What can you do to lower your air conditioning energy costs?
Here, we are going to bust a few myths about how to cut energy costs while staying cool in Corpus Christi’s summer heat. A lot of people think they know the best way, but take it from true professionals, here are some of the best ways to really cut your AC energy costs this summer.
Let Your AC Run for at Least 5 Minutes
Some people think they can cut AC energy costs by only letting their AC run for a few minutes at a time, but while your system may be “on” for less time, it’s also running less efficiently.
Think of it like highway versus city MPG. On a highway, your car may feel like it’s working harder, but it’s actually operating more efficiently. In a similar way, allowing your AC to run for at least 5-7 minutes at a time will let your system reach peak efficiency, producing the most cool with the least energy.
It’s also worth noting that avoiding the stop-start method will help extend the life of your air conditioning unit. Rather than increasing the number of “cold starts”, letting your unit run at peak efficiency reduces the tougher wear and tear. It all adds up!
Don’t Trap the Cold Air
It can be tempting on Corpus Christi’s hottest days to try and make one room of your house as cold as possible shutting doors and vents to keep it in. While this may help keep the cold air in one place, you will be driving your energy usage through the roof!
If you have a central air conditioning system, your air conditioner is designed to circulate cool air through the whole house. If that air is getting backed up in one room, like water at a dam, the pressure will build and your system will continue working harder to try and force the air out of that room. The result is an overworked AC, an under-cooled house, and a higher energy bill.
Get a Tune-Up
Many of us prefer DIY tips before we will pay any money to have professional look at something. With your AC, when the DIY tips just aren’t cutting it, there are ways to spend a little bit of money and get a big return on savings and comfort.
Especially when it comes to energy efficiency, one of the best options is to get an AC Tune Up. With a tune up, our skilled technicians will do a thorough inspection of your air conditioner, checking to make sure your unit is running at maximum efficiency at every level. Additionally, they will inspect it for safety, making you aware of potential breakdowns before they occur.
How Can We Help You?
If you have any more questions about ways to lower your AC energy costs, or about anything HVAC, please send us a message or give us a call! We are happy to help in any way we can.