We’ve had a solid week of over 90 degree days here in Denver, and that means our air conditioners are working double time. Next month you will see a huge jump in your AC costs on your energy bill. At Ideal Comfort HVAC your Boulder, Longmont & Johnstown’s locally owned Heating and Cooling contractor we have a few tips on how you can lower your AC costs this summer.
Air conditioning is a growing source of domestic energy use: 87% or American homes installed room or central A/C as of 2009. In the U.S., air conditioning costs homeowners $11 billion per year and accounts for roughly six percent of home energy use. Six percent may sound low, but it’s misleading: Most energy sources, such as lighting, water cooling, and refrigeration, are spread roughly evenly throughout the day and the year. Even space heating, which accounts for 42% of home energy use, is spread throughout the cold-weather months and often is on a separate heating oil or gas bill. Air conditioning, however, has highly concentrated use on the very hottest days of the year, particularly during the hottest afternoon hours.
Consequently, homeowners and businesses can see their electricity bills spike in the summer after a stretch of blisteringly hot weather. Cooling costs can account for half or more of your power bill – which means a doubling in summer months (or more). These spikes in power bills can be particularly intense if ratepayers have variable-rate plans – i.e. plans that have an electricity price that changes throughout the day. When demand is high – which is also when everyone is using their A/C – prices can get very high.
Ideal Comfort HVAC Top 3 Ways to Lower Your AC Costs This Summer
- Give your air conditioner a checkup – or a replacement: This one is perhaps the easiest one on the list, and most important. Clearing a clogged A/C unit filter alone can save 5 to 15 percent in energy use – and will help it work better and not break down. If your air conditioner is more than ten years old, it may be time for a new one, which could save lots of energy in a jiffy if it’s much better than what you currently have, you live in a hot climate or both. Contact Ideal Comfort HVAC for all your heating and cooling needs.
- Adjust your thermostat: Ensuring that you set your thermostat will reduce your energy costs. Many people don’t think to adjust their thermostat in hot weather. And yet, just a couple degrees can make a huge difference: One study found that each degree a thermostat is set above 75⁰F could save 10% to 15% in energy. The best way to save on energy costs is to set your thermostat at or over 75 degrees when you are not in your home. Get a programmable thermostat so you don’t have to remember to set it when you leave. Ideal Comfort HVAC is a leading reseller and installer of Honeywell Thermostats, the best in the nation.
3. Keep the blinds shut: Light lets the heat in. During the hot summer months keeping the blinds shut will reduce the amount of heat penetrating the home which will cool the home. Your air conditioning works the hardest in sunny rooms that heat up like a greenhouse.
Do you need help to lower your AC costs this summer? Contact Ideal Comfort HVAC Today! (720) 884-7646 or schedule an appointment with one of our technicians.