As the temperatures rise, so do our energy bills. But there are some simple ways to reduce energy use and keep costs down this summer. By making a few adjustments to your thermostat, water heater, and HVAC system, you can save money and stay comfortable all season long.
Adjust the Thermostat
Air conditioning is one of the biggest energy users in the home, so it’s important to be mindful of how you use it. Set the thermostat to 78 degrees or higher when you’re home, and raise the temperature even more when you’re away. Consider investing in a programmable thermostat to make things even easier.
Adjust Max Temperature on Your Water Heater
You can also save on water heating costs by turning the temperature down to 120 degrees. This will help reduce energy use without sacrificing comfort.
Change the Air Filter
Be sure to change the air filter regularly – a dirty filter can make your system work harder and use more energy. Here are three reasons why changing air filters is important for both your air conditioning unit and your wallet:
- Improves airflow. When air filters get clogged with dirt and dust, it restricts the airflow into your air conditioner. This makes your air conditioner work harder to cool your home, which in turn drives up your energy bills.
- Prevent freeze-ups. A dirty air filter can cause your air conditioner to freeze up. Ice buildup on the coils can restrict airflow and damage your air conditioner.
- Protect against mold and mildew. Dirty air filters can also lead to a build-up of mold and mildew. This can cause health problems, especially for people with allergies or asthma.
Invest in AC Maintenance
Finally, make sure your HVAC system is running efficiently. Schedule a tune-up before the start of summer to ensure it’s in good working condition. This will help prevent costly AC repairs down the road and keep your energy bills low all season long.
By following these simple tips, you can keep your energy bills under control this summer. Stay cool and save money at the same time. Contact Prestige Air Heating & Cooling, LLC at (973) 755-2210 to schedule AC tune-ups and maintenance before the summer heat hits!