It’s summertime! It’s the season for beach vacations and neighborhood BBQs, but nothing can kill the happy summer vibes more than receiving an expensive electric bill. Fortunately, there may be a way to shave a few bucks off your bill this summer while still keeping your home cool.
Here are a few of our money-wasting mistakes you should avoid this summer:
Mistake #1- Never adjusting your thermostat
If you think you can just set the temperature and leave it alone all summer, think again! Never adjusting your thermostat can waste up to 15% on your annual cooling costs. If you leave your home for an 8-hour period for work or a night away, set your thermostat 5-8° higher. This small step can make a big difference on your bill. Having a programmable thermostat installed can help make this task easier.
Mistake #2-Adjusting your thermostat too much
Stopping and starting your air conditioning in order to get the perfect temperature will cost you both money and energy. The unit has to work harder if you are constantly changing the temperature, even if it is just up or down a few degrees, as it will have to continue starting up or shutting down. Longer, steadier runs from your unit will save money.
Mistake #3- Poor Maintenance
If you feel like you’re constantly setting your temperature lower and lower, but the air never seems to get colder, it could be that your unit needs some A/C maintenance. If your A/C unit isn’t properly maintained, it won’t cool your home or office as efficiently as it should and it uses more energy trying to cool to a temperature that it can’t reach.
Avoiding these common mistakes will help you save some money this summer! If you’re looking for more energy saving tips, check out what the U.S. Department of Energy has to say about thermostats. And don’t forget that we are here to help! Just give us a call at (713) 732-6426 for timely and professional A/C service in the greater Houston area. Also, check out our knowledge center and blog for more helpful tips.