Air conditioners consume nearly half of the energy used by the average American household, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. That not only costs precious natural resources, but also takes a deep bite out of the household budget. Fortunately, there are a number of easy and affordable things you can do to help lower air conditioning costs for your DC-area home.
Tips for Lower Air Conditioning Costs
- Keep your cooling system well-maintained.If your condenser and ducts are clogged with dust and dirt, your cooling system will have to work harder to push out cooled air, using more energy and adding to your monthly electric bill. The money you spend on new air filters and an annual system service call will be more than recouped in energy saving throughout the season. Michael Bonsby HVAC offers several options for AC maintenance plans.
- Install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat doesn’t just help you in the winter with your heating bills. This device can be had for as little as $50 and can help reduce your summer cooling bills. You can set the thermostat to lower the temperature in your home about 30 minutes prior to your getting home from work or school, rather than paying to cool the house for the entire day.
- Invest in a more efficient cooling system. If your current air conditioner was installed years ago, it may not be as efficient as systems of today. As of 2015, the minimum SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) in Maryland and Washington, DC has increased to 14, so a newer system is likely to run more efficiently than an air conditioner installed a long time ago. We provide a long line of the most efficient AC systems for air conditioner installation in the Montgomery County area.
- Look to your landscaping. Planting shrubs and trees around your home reduces the amount of UV rays that enter your windows and the resulting heat transfer, helping to keep your home cool naturally. If you keep your air conditioning compressor shaded by trees or shrubs, you’ll automatically reduce your energy usage by around 10 percent. (Just make sure to keep the plantings far enough away from the unit that they don’t interfere with its operation.)
Michael Bonsby HVAC Can Help Lower Air Conditioning Costs for MD and DC Residents!
Keeping your summer cooling bills in check doesn’t have to be an impossible task. At Michael Bonsby Heating and Cooling, we can help you keep your system running efficiently and offer tips on how to save on air conditioning bills. We’ve been helping Maryland and DC homeowners like you with their air conditioning needs for more than 20 years. Call us at 301 990-7970 today to schedule an appointment.