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5 Easy Yet Effective Ways to Cut Your AC Costs and Keep Your Home Cool


A woman relaxes on a sofa chilled by her AC unit

As we head into the warmer months, it's important to keep your home cool and comfortable without breaking the bank.


We hear all about the energy crisis and rules, regulations, and charges changing all the time, and it’s no doubt got you worried about rising costs and what the next few years will look like if things don’t become a little more stable.


Not to worry, though; you’re not at the whim of the energy companies. There are plenty of things you can do to put the power back into your own hands, giving you some kind of control over your AC unit and energy bills.


Sure, running your AC all day can really add up your energy bill, but we've got you covered with five easy yet effective ways to cut your AC costs while still staying cool at home!


Saving money and being comfortable - you can’t lose.


So, grab a cold drink, sit back, and let's dive in!


#1 - Use a Programmable Thermostat


A modern thermostat unit displaying a futuristic UI

Using a programmable thermostat is one of the easiest ways to save money on your energy bill and keep your home cool.


Not only does it automatically adjust the temperature in your home, but it also helps you avoid wasteful cooling when you're away or asleep.


Here are some tips on how to properly use a programmable thermostat:

  • Set it to 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you're home and need cooling.

  • Raise the temperature by 7-10 degrees Fahrenheit when you're away or sleeping. This means your system will use less power; hence, you’re saving money every hour.

  • Avoid using the "hold" feature, which keeps the temperature constant regardless of your schedule. There’s no point cooling the house when there’s nobody in it.

  • Install the thermostat away from any heat sources, such as direct sunlight or lamps. This can give false positive temperature readings that can put your AC system in overdrive.

Statistics show that using a programmable thermostat allows homeowners to save up to 15% on their energy bills each year. That's more money for fun summer activities or saving for a rainy day!


Since your system won’t be running all the time, there’s also less wear and tear, which means fewer breaks, repairs, and maintenance costs.


So, if you haven't already, let this be your sign to install a programmable thermostat in your home today.


#2 - Seal Your Home to Cut AC Costs


Picture your home as a sealed entity, with all the doors and windows adequately insulated and closed off. Whether you heat or cool your home, the environment stays contained from the elements of the outside world.


Now, add leaks and uninsulated areas to that structure. All the cool air your AC system is working so hard to produce is now leaking out into the world instead of staying home. Hence, your system stays running, and the costs keep rising.


Take time to seal your home correctly and enjoy big savings, sometimes up to 10%!


Here are some tips on how to seal your home and prevent air leaks:

  • Check for gaps around windows, doors, and electrical outlets.

  • Use caulk or weatherstripping to seal any gaps you find.

  • Consider upgrading to insulated windows or doors if necessary.

  • Make sure your attic and crawl space are properly insulated.

So, take a little time to inspect your home and make needed repairs. You'll be surprised how much of a difference it can make in keeping your home comfortable and saving you money.


#3 - Change Your AC Filter


A man uses a brush to clear out the dirt from an AC system

Changing your AC filter regularly is essential in keeping your home cool and your air conditioning unit running smoothly.


A dirty or clogged filter can not only reduce the efficiency of your AC system but also lower the air quality in your home, filling it with dust, dirt, and grime - none of which is good for your health.


Here are some tips on how often to change your AC filter:

  • Check the manufacturer's instructions for your specific AC unit.

  • Usually, filters need to be changed every 1-3 months, depending on usage.

  • If you have pets or someone in your home who suffers from allergies, consider changing the filter more frequently.

Properly working filters mean your AC system can work optimally, ensuring minimum strain on your system and much better output. Plus, this is a simple task you can do yourself, and it costs just a few dollars for new filters and about half an hour of your time!


#4 - Keep Your Home Cool with Fans


A fan cools a room facing a white wall and curtains

Why put all your focus into running an expensive AC system when you can lower the costs using small, more energy-efficient appliances around your home? Of course, we’re talking about fans.


Think of it this way: why run your AC system to cool the whole house when you’re simply reading a book in the lounge? Why not keep the system off and run a small fan for a fraction of the price, just to keep you cool where you are?


Sure, it may not be as convenient, but you can save a small fortune when done right and when you get the whole family on board.


Here are some tips on how to use fans effectively:

  • Use ceiling fans to create a cool breeze in your home.

  • Place portable fans near open windows for cross-ventilation.

  • Use pedestal fans to direct cool air where it's needed most.

  • Turn off fans when you leave the room to save energy.

#5 - Use Curtains and Blinds


White blinds in a home office beam in the sunlight

Curtains and blinds can do more than just add style to a room. They're also an effective way to keep your home cool during the summer months.


By blocking sunlight, curtains, and blinds can help reduce heat gain in your home and lower your energy bill.


The absolute best thing you can do on the hottest days is to wake up, keep the windows and curtains closed, keep the room as dark as possible, and then close the door behind you, and don’t go back in the room for as long as possible.


It might sound counter-productive, but opening windows actually lets hot air into the home, which is why the AC system would need to be on.


Keep everything closed, and you’ll notice a clear difference.


Here are some tips on how to use curtains and blinds effectively:

  • Close curtains and blinds during the hottest hours of the day.

  • Choose light-colored curtains or blinds to reflect sunlight and heat.

  • Consider blackout curtains to block out the sun completely.

  • Install exterior shading devices like awnings or shutters for added protection.

Conclusion


Staying cool during the summer months is important for your comfort and health. By following these tips, you can keep your home cool and reduce your reliance on AC.


Remember to maintain your AC unit regularly by changing the filter and servicing it with a professional. Use fans effectively by placing them strategically and turning them off when you leave the room. And don't forget to use curtains and blinds to block sunlight and keep your home cool.


At Haught Air Conditioning, we understand the importance of staying comfortable in your home. We offer a wide range of HVAC services to Waco, TX, residents, including installation, repair, and maintenance.


Everything you need to save money while keeping your house as cool and as comfortable as possible.


Contact us today to learn how we can help you stay cool this summer!


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