Staying comfortable doesn’t always come cheap, but it doesn’t have to break the bank, either. At R&R Heating and Cooling, we understand the cost of cooling, and we want to help you save money. We believe that knowledge is power, and we’re here to give you information that can help you make informed decisions for your HVAC system. In today’s blog, we want to discuss a few easy ways you can keep your cooling costs in a reasonable place for your budget.
Low-Cost Ways to Improve A/C Efficiency
Be smart about where you place heat-generating appliances.
Your thermostat uses the air around it to sense whether it needs to activate the air conditioner or not. If you’ve got a warm lamp, a hardworking computer, or other warm appliance near the thermostat, it will act as if your entire house or business is that warm and turn on your air conditioner. As a result, your system will work harder than it needs to and end up wearing down faster.
Bump the thermostat up.
How far do you need to turn the thermostat up in order to actually save money? In general, you have to adjust the temperature between five and eight degrees in order to see results in your energy bill. If turning your thermostat up that much will make you uncomfortable, invest in a programmable thermostat that will move to more uncomfortable settings while you’re out of the house and then readjust when you’re around. That way, you only pay for the air conditioning you truly enjoy.
Vacuum indoor vents.
When your vents are blocked by furniture or clogged with dust and dirt, your entire HVAC system has to work harder to keep air moving. As a result, it will consume more energy. By making an effort to keep your interior vents clean and clear, you can take a lot of strain off of your system and save money.
Use your blinds and curtains correctly.
Your windows make your home or business lighter and more appealing, but they can let in a bunch of sunlight and heat. When the sun hits your windows directly, consider closing the curtains to keep a lot of the heat out. Your HVAC system shouldn’t be working to offset heat you could keep out by closing the curtains — and you shouldn’t be paying for the energy!
Get exposed ductwork insulated.
A majority of your ductwork runs behind your walls or above your ceilings, which means it exists in warm, unconditioned space. If the ducts aren’t insulated, they will leak cool air into your walls and ceilings instead of delivering it into your rooms. Your system will have to work harder because it’s essentially cooling your living spaces as well as your wall space, attic, and beyond. If you can actually see leaks, a specialized tape can solve the problem. We can also check out your ducts and make sure they are insulated with an effective material.
Invest in regular maintenance.
There are several tasks that are best done by professionals who have the experience and equipment to get the job done quickly. The condenser needs to be cleaned, the drain line needs to be cleared, and the system should be checked over for surprise issues. These are tasks that should be done regularly, not every few years! Turn to R&R Heating and Cooling for affordable maintenance that will always be performed with excellence.
Save Money With R&R Heating and Cooling
Whether you live in Riverside, Irvine, Anaheim, or Temecula, we are here to serve you and keep you comfortable all year long. Contact us today!