If you aren’t a fan of using fans, you should be—that is, if you like being comfortable in the summer while saving money at the same time. Just about any type of fan you can think of will help your air conditioner work more efficiently. That includes ceiling fans, box fans, oscillating desk fans and especially the fan in your central air system.
You may be thinking that fans use electricity, so how could that save money? The reason is that they use a lot less than your air conditioner’s cooling unit. Since the unit will run less when the cool air inside is constantly circulated, the net effect is a lower energy bill. Moving air also makes you feel cooler, which means you may be able to get away with setting the thermostat a little higher.
Another tip: If you are running your system’s fan and still not feeling good airflow, this could be pointing to a problem with your air filtration. When your filters are dirty, they can actually restrict airflow, which will make your fan work harder without getting you much cooler. Check the filter and, if necessary, clean it or replace it. You’ll be feeling the cool breeze in no time.
Thermostat tips to help save you money
If you live in the south, as many as 2 out of every 5 dollars you spend on energy will be to keep your house cool in the long, hot summer season. Anything you can do to reduce such a big chunk of your energy use will end up saving money, especially if you do it consistently. Here are a couple of tips that may surprise you:
- Keep your thermostat set higher
OK, there’s nothing surprising about the idea that a higher setting means lower costs. But what might be surprising is just how much difference it makes. Did you know that for each degree you set your thermostat below 78, your system is using about 4% more energy? That means setting it at 72 ends up using 20-25% more energy than setting it at 78. Over time, that can be a lot of cash.
- Keep your system’s fan on
What may be more surprising is that keeping your fan setting to “on” instead of “auto” will actually make your system run more efficiently, even though it will be running constantly. That’s because the fan takes less energy to use than the cooling unit, so the increased circulation of the existing cool air uses less overall energy. It also tends to make it feel a little cooler, which means you may be able to get by with a temperature that’s a degree or two higher while still feeling just as cool and comfortable.
Even if it’s a very simple one, your thermostat is a critical way you can control your cooling costs—one that you can take advantage of right away.
When the summer heat strikes, you want your home to be an oasis. By preparing for the summer ahead and ensuring your air conditioning system is in tip-top shape, you can save yourself from the unpleasant scenario of a broken A/C system on a 90 degree day!
Check out these quick A/C maintenance tips:
- Change your air filter at least monthly
- Keep your A/C unit free of debris such as grass, bushes and other plants
- Clear about 2 feet of space around your A/C unit
- Inspect your refrigerant lines at least once a month
- Ensure your outdoor A/C unit is on firm, level ground (if not, contact your HVAC tech for assistance)
- Schedule maintenance with a trusted, local HVAC company
At Blue Horizon Air Conditioning & Heating, we are here to assist you with A/C maintenance in Atlanta. These quick A/C maintenance tips can help you get started on the right track, but regularly scheduled maintenance with a professional is the best way to prevent major breakdowns during the peak of the season. Feel free to call us today for a free consultation. Enjoy the upcoming summer and stay cool!