Summer is finally here! Time to pull out the shorts and sunglasses so you can make the most of summertime. But as temperatures rise and we reach for our air conditioning settings, we tend to experience rising electricity bills.

Air conditioning costs you money. There’s no way to avoid that. However, there are ways to help reduce costs. Before you head outside to soak up the sunshine, here are six ways you can keep your cooling costs down:

Circulate the Air

When it’s hot outside, you rely on your cooling system to cool your home. Often though, using a ceiling fan or portable fan to circulate the air conditioning in your home helps beat the heat while cutting down on air conditioning use.

A fan doesn’t actually cool the air, but it does help you feel cooler. The air circulation moves the air around you, pulling away your body heat, helping you feel cooler. Fans also circulate the cool air from your air conditioner, helping lower the temperature throughout your home without the high cost.

Close the Curtains

Once summer finally arrives, you’ll probably want to throw open the curtains and enjoy every last drop of sunlight. But letting the sunlight stream into your house significantly raises the temperature. You can keep your home cooler by keeping the blinds, curtains, and shades closed throughout the day. And the best part? It’s free!

Turn Your Appliances Off

Your home appliances create a lot of heat and drastically increase the temperature of your home. This causes your AC system to work much harder and cost you more. If you can avoid using large appliances on hot days, you should.

Some of the appliances to avoid include your stove, dishwasher, and dryer. There are a couple ways to avoid using these appliances. You can cook outside on the grill, hand wash your dishes, and use a clothesline to dry your laundry. Your other option is to wait and use these appliances once it’s cooled off outside later in the evening.

Choose Your AC Temperature Carefully

When the temperature rises you may be tempted to crank your air conditioner as high as it will go, but that will actually cost you more money. Consider, the smaller the difference between the outdoor and indoor temperatures, the easier it is for your AC to cool your home. This means it doesn’t work as hard and saves you money.

Install a Programmable Thermostat & Energy Efficient AC System

One of the best ways to save money on your air conditioning bills is to turn it down. This may seem counterintuitive if you want to keep your house cool, but you can actually have a cool house and a lower energy bill. Installing a new, energy efficient, programmable air conditioning system can help with this.

A programmable system allows you to time when your AC goes down and by how much. For example, you can have it set to turn down when you’re at work or at night. The American Department of Energy says this could reduce your heating bill by up to 10%.

Have your HVAC Inspected and Repaired

Your HVAC system wears down over time, which impacts your cooling and heating system. As it wears down, it begins to overwork, which means it costs more on your monthly electricity bill. Regular inspections can help you catch and complete AC maintenance and HVAC maintenance early, saving you money. Inspections will look at your:

  • Condenser unit
  • Condensate drains
  • Heat pump
  • Safety controls
  • Filter
  • Electrical connections

Most HVAC service companies recommend having your AC system inspected before you turn it on for the summer so you can rely on it all summer long.

Beat the heat this summer! Contact the experts at Max Heating to have your HVAC system inspected, repaired, or replaced.