As the weather warms up and summer comes in full swing, your home AC unit provides a refreshing escape from the heat. However, settling on a comfortable temperature in your home while keeping your utility bills low can become a fine balance. The cooler your home is, the higher your energy bill will be.
Whether your priority is maintaining your home at a cool and comfortable level, achieving lower utility bills, or a balance of both, these tips from Spring’s Servicing & Heating will help you and your family beat the heat!
Never set your AC lower than 17C
To stay comfortable while saving money, the recommended thermostat setting when you are at home in the summer is 26C. Although this number sounds high and might leave some still looking for relief, there are a number of ways you can help your AC unit provide better cooling while staying energy efficient.
To prevent warm air from coming into your home while keeping the cool air from escaping, consider the following tips:
• Prevent heat from entering through your windows by hanging up window treatments that block sunlight.
• Make sure that your home is properly sealed by installing or replacing weather-stripping and caulk around doors.
• Limit the use of appliances that generate heat, including the stove and oven.
Keep your house warmer while you are away
Setting your thermostat two to three degrees warmer if you are out of the house for more than two hours can help you save as much as 10 percent on your energy bills. Additionally, the higher temperature slows the flow of heat in your home and a quality AC unit won’t take as much energy to cool things back down when you return.
Perform regular maintenance on your AC unit
Most homeowners can clean and replace the air filter as part of their standard air conditioning maintenance. However, much like a car, your AC unit operates more efficiently when maintained regularly by an experienced HVAC professional.
To deliver the expected efficiency ratings on your Carrier AC unit, a Carrier-certified technician at Spring’s Servicing & Heating can assess system performance, adjust internal components, and address minor issues before they become a considerable problem.
Be proactive this summer and get in touch with a Spring’s Servicing & Heating professional today. We are ready to help you have an enjoyable and comfortable summer at home!