It’s no doubt that summer has arrived, and we can feel it. Here are some ways to keep cool and stay in control of your AC cooling costs. We know it’s a difficult to balance your home’s comfort with the increasing energy bills. We have compiled a list of ways to reduce air conditioning costs during the Iowa summer heat.
1. Use Ceiling Fans
Both ceiling and standing fans can help make your home cooler. Remember to set your ceiling fan to spin counterclockwise. When your fan spins quickly in this direction it pushes air down and creates a cool breeze. Fans help to keep the temperature consistent throughout the day and reduces the need for an AC to run constantly.
2. Smart Thermostat, Smart Savings
We have a variety of smart thermostats to fit your needs. Some of these features include: a mobile app to monitor and adjust your thermostat settings from your phone, an allergen defender that automatically monitors the air quality and pollen levels of your local zip code, reminders to change your filter, and the option to stay in a range of temperatures to ensure 100% comfort. This is a great way to keep your energy costs consistent. For more info on this, check out our thermostat programming guide.
3. Install Attic Insulation
Insulation acts as a barrier between the outside and inside of your home. It helps to lock in cold air in the summer and trap heat in the winter, rather than letting it seep through small cracks in the walls and ceilings.
4. Close Your Curtains and Blinds
Don’t underestimate the power of the sun’s rays in the summer. They can heat up a room in no time. When no one is home, make it a habit to close your curtains and blinds to keep some of the heat out. Your air conditioner will thank you!
5. Sub Out the Oven
Instead of using your heat-generating oven every night during the summer, consider using your grill, microwave or air fryer, or even order your favorite takeout. This will help keep the temperature of your house consistent.
6. Seal Your Windows
Check for air leakage around your window frame using a leak detector. Repairing or replacing your leaky windows will help keep cool air in and hot air out.
7. Open Your Vents
To ensure your unit operates efficiently, it’s better to keep your vents open. It’s a common misconception that closing vents in unused rooms will help save energy. It actually puts more pressure and strain on your unit which will affect its lifespan. This can also result in your coil freezing due to inadequate airflow.
8. Upgrade Your System
If your AC is too big, it will cycle on and off regularly, reducing the efficiency of your HVAC system and impacting your energy bill. A system that is too large also loses the ability to dehumidify, which will make your home feel hotter and less comfortable. If your air conditioning unit is too small, it most likely will not be able to meet the demands of a hot, humid Iowa day. Also remember that it’s important to schedule regular maintenance for your system.
If you’re considering a new air conditioner, make sure you have a professional assessment to ensure you get the proper sized system for your home. Give us a call today at 712-252-3007 to connect with one of our Comfort Advisors or fill out this form.