Summers in Charleston are long and hot. Energy costs are at their highest. Here are some ways to reduce utility bills and generate some extra cash for summer fun:
Call for Air Conditioning Service
Changing the AC air filter and getting your system serviced regularly can reduce energy usage. You can cut energy costs by up to 30 percent with a well-maintained air conditioner. Another option is a new AC installation. If your current system is over 15 years old and not performing as it should, a new system can reduce energy bills by up to 30 percent.
Ask Your AC Contractor to Install a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats can save you up to 30 percent on energy bills. These devices can be set to automatically raise and lower the thermostat for maximum cooling efficiency 24/7. According to a recent study, every degree above 75⁰F can save from 10 to 15 percent on energy. If you’d rather not deal with the programming, your service technician can program the device for you.
Use Ceiling Fans
They don’t actually cool the air, but ceiling fans do increase evaporation, reduce sweating and increase air circulation. This “wind chill” effect makes you feel cooler. Ceiling fans can reduce cooling needs by up to 40 percent when used to supplement an air conditioner.
Close the Curtains
The summer sun can make indoor spaces look bright and cheerful, but sunshine coming through the windows will make your house hot. If you have drapes or blinds, keep them closed. To preserve your view, glaze your windows or install solar screens. They can capture 70 percent of heat energy before it enters your home.
One Call Heating and Air is devoted to serving the indoor comfort needs of Charleston. To learn more about our high-efficiency air conditioning systems, call us at (843) 258-3293.