Tips On Reducing Your Electric Costs

During the summer months many people complain about the high electric bills when they use their A/C units. The compressor, which is the heart of the A/C system, consumes more energy than any other appliance in the home. The key is to minimize its running time without compromising comfort.

Tips On Reducing Your Electric Costs

Some simple solutions on lowering electric costs are:

  • Planting shade trees on the west and south side of the house.
  • Windows facing west and south should have blinds or shades.
  • Have regular hvac maintenance on your equipment to maintain peak efficiency.
  • Hose down condenser when you see debris build up.
  • During a heat wave, don’t turn off the A/C at night or when leaving the house for the day. It will take longer to cool down once the heat level rises in the home.
  • Check furnace filter monthly.
  • If equipment is 10-15 years old, consider upgrading to a higher efficient A/C unit. You could cut your electric bill up to 50% of the A/C usage.
  • If the A/C has been running for 30-45 minutes and the comfort level has not improved, turn unit off and call for service.
  • Blocking solar gain from entering your home is the key to improving indoor comfort and cutting your energy consumption.

For answers to other top HVAC questions, check out our Heating & Cooling FAQs!

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