7 Ways to Reduce Your Summer Air Conditioning Costs – Backes Landscaping
7 Ways to Reduce Your Summer Air Conditioning Costs
When the temperature rises in Fort Collins and the heat of summer finally hits, you want your home to stay cool and comfortable. But the cost of cooling your home and keeping your family comfortable is not insignificant.
If you want to stay cool in Colorado and comfortable all summer long, you need to make your plans ahead of time. When the temperatures soar into the 90s, it could be too late to keep those summer utility bills under control. Here are seven simple things you can do to reduce the high cost of air conditioning this summer.
7 Saving Money on AC Tips
- Change the filters. If you cannot remember the last time you changed your AC filters, you are probably overdue. Cleaning and replacing the filters is the best way to keep your HVAC system running efficiently, and that will be good news for your summer cooling costs.
- Invest in a programmable thermostat. Your home does not need to be cool all day long just when you and your family are at home. A programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature ahead of time and in some cases even remotely, so your home will be comfortable when you return, and your cooling costs will stay under control.
- Schedule a pre-summer HVAC checkup. Having your HVAC system professionally inspected in the spring could save you a season of hassles and even prevent a mid-summer breakdown. But schedule your checkup now; if you wait too long, local HVAC techs could be too busy to help.
- Seal the windows. You spend a lot to cool the air inside your home, so keep it where it belongs. Sealing leaky windows and doors could sharply reduce your summer heating costs and your winter heating bills as well.
- Check the external components. It is easy to overlook the external parts of your HVAC system, but you do so at your peril. Be sure to check those units regularly to keep your home cool and comfortable.
- Upgrade your landscaping. It may not provide immediate relief from high cooling costs, but planting shade trees will pay off in the long run. To maximize the return on your landscaping investment, choose fast-growing trees that are well suited to the local environment.
- Enjoy those cool summer breezes. Even the hottest summer days can provide cooling breezes, so let the air into your home. Opening the windows can reduce the need for costly air conditioning while keeping the air inside your home comfortably cool.
Air conditioning is a wonderful modern convenience, one that many homeowners would not want to live without. But the cost of keeping that AC running can be too hot to handle, especially if you live in a hot climate. The seven tips listed above can reduce the cost of AC so that you can keep your cool and money in your wallet.
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