In the United States, approximately two-thirds of all homes have air conditioners. And with summer coming, people will inevitably crank up their air conditioning unit in hopes of escaping the harsh summer heat. But did you know that air conditioners use five percent of the electricity in the U.S., totaling in over $11 billion of annual costs to homeowners. And unfortunately, a great deal of this is energy and money spent at your expense.
But with these tips and tricks, you can save up to 50% on your annual energy bills:
Replace Your Air Conditioner
If your air conditioning system is more than 15 years old, it may be time to replace your air conditioning unit. Old AC units often don't work as well as they should, requiring twice the energy to do half the work. Just like computers or any other piece of technology, air conditioning units become less efficient as time goes on. Talk to your AC repair company about switching to an energy efficient air conditioning model. Your HVAC company will confirm that you can save a minimum of 20% on energy costs if you make the switch.
Regularly Maintenance Your Air Conditioner
Regular AC services are essential to keeping your air conditioner working as well as possible at any given moment. As is, only 42% of homes get regular AC maintenance. Meanwhile, an improperly working AC can cause excess humidity, the proliferation of indoor allergies, and other problems.
Use Ceiling Fans
Did you know that ceiling fans are an extremely efficient means of keeping a home cool? When used in conjunction with air conditioners, ceiling fans can help to increase the energy efficiency of your AC without having to crank it up any higher.
What do you do to keep your air energy bills low? Let us know your tips and tricks in the comments below!