If you're like most homeowners, you watch your electric bill go through the roof every summer. If you're tired of wasting money to keep your home cool, it's time to take matters into your own hands. Energy costs are probably not going to go down anytime soon, which means you need to take your own measures to reduce the costs. That's where the tips provided below come in handy. Here are three steps you can take right now to make your air conditioner more energy-efficient.
Get Smart About Cool Air
If your energy costs keep going up during the summer, get smart about the way you cool your home. The best way to do that is to get rid of your old thermostat. Even if you have a programmable thermostat, it still might not be able to provide you with the energy efficiency you need. That's why you need to talk to your HVAC contractor about installing a smart thermostat instead. Smart thermostats go above and beyond what your typical thermostat can provide. Like your basic programmable thermostat, you can program your smart thermostat to adjust the temperature throughout the day. But a smart thermostat can also adjust the settings when it doesn't detect people in the house. If you forget to shut your AC off before you leave the house, your smart thermostat will take care of that for you.
Schedule a Home Energy Audit
If you haven't weatherized your home in a while, you could be wasting energy. Unfortunately, that means your air conditioner could be doing a good job of cooling down the neighborhood. This is especially true if you've got leaky ducts and vents or if your doors and windows aren't properly insulated and caulked. Before you pay another high electric bill, schedule a home energy audit. Your HVAC contractor will come out and conduct an audit of your home. During the audit, your HVAC contractor will identify all the areas in your home that need to be addressed. They'll even locate leaky ducts and vents that need repaired. While you're having the audit done, talk to your contractor about the condition of your air conditioner. If it's old and outdated, now might be a good time for a replacement.
Take Advantage of Do-It-Yourself Savings
Finally, if your energy bills go up during the summer, ask your HVAC contractor about do-it-yourself methods you can use to reduce your cooling costs. For instance, installing ceiling fans can help to circulate the air in your home. Installing shade covering around your exterior air conditioning unit can help to reduce your energy costs, as well. Not only that, but because your air conditioner won't need to work as hard to cool down your home, it won't wear out as quickly.
To learn more, contact an air conditioner contractor.