By The Kent Redding Group
AUSTIN, TX - It's summer in Texas and you know what that means, we can expect temperatures in the mid 90's to 100's for the coming months and it doesn't matter if you own or rent a home, you need to use an air conditioner for at least most of the day if you want to stay cool and survive the hot summer weather.
The big question when it comes to air conditioning is what is the best way to use your air conditioner without spending hundreds of dollars on your electric bill each month?
Get the right-sized air-conditioning system
The upfront cost could save you money over time.
“Make sure the size of your air-conditioning system is in proportion to your home,” says Richard Ciresi, owner of Aire Sev in Louisville, KY. “Too big, and it will cool faster than it dehumidifies. Too small, and your system will be constantly running and using energy.”
If you’re installing a new system, make sure your AC company measures your home and provides you with the best fit.
Reach for the stars
Energy Star units, that is. This designation indicates energy efficiency, which basically comes down to the fact that the unit uses less energy and costs less money to run. Energy Star units typically use 8% less energy and can save you at least $70 a year.
Install a high-efficiency filter
Even if you don't have the dough to buy a new AC unit, installing a high-efficiency filter in your existing unit can work wonders on its own for a fraction of the price.
“Not only will this improve your home’s air quality, it will also help your AC equipment last longer,” says Forbus. “This will increase your upfront cost, but over time you’ll save money on maintenance costs.”
Use a programmable thermostat
You can program your thermostat so the house is warmer when you’re away at work, for example. Here's how to install a thermostat.
Set the thermostat relative to the outdoor temperature
Of course, 60 degrees sounds delicious when it’s 90 degrees outside. But the truth is, even 75 will feel significantly cooler and cost much less to maintain. A good rule of thumb is to set your thermostat for 15 degrees cooler than the outside temperature. Narrowing that temperature difference by even a degree or two can save you a surprising amount, though. Depending on where you live, you could save 10% to 15% per degree on your energy bill.
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