7 Mistakes You're Making That Are Keeping Your AC Bills Higher

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If you’re like most homeowners in Harford County, there’s a pretty good chance you’re not doing all you can to keep your home as cool as it could be for as cheap as it could be. Here are the mistakes you may be making, and how you can fix them.

You’ve Spoiled Your Family With Low Temperatures

Your thermostat doesn’t have to be on 72 degrees to keep your family cool. The human body is capable of adapting to temperatures pretty quickly, so when you consider that for every degree you raise the temperature, you’ll save 3% on your energy bill, it’s worth adjusting your thermostat to somewhere in the high 70s. Add a fan to circulate the air and your household should be totally comfortable.

Your Vents and Thermostat Are in a Bad Spot

If your thermostat is in a place where it senses a lot of sunlight, it will make your AC system work harder to cool the rest of the house – even the rooms that are naturally cooler. Move your thermostat to a hallway or another darker area.

And don’t block vents with furniture. You’ll never feel the cool air if it can’t make its way to you.

Your Cooling Empty or Unused Spaces

Walk around and close air conditioning vents in guest bedrooms that are rarely used, and close closet doors so they aren’t using up extra cooled air.

You’re Not Using Window Coverings

By blocking out the sun’s rays, you can prevent your AC system from working too hard to cool the entire house. Close blinds and curtains during times of the day when the sun is brightest.

You’re Using an Old Fashioned Thermostat

It’s extremely important to be able to adjust your thermostat based on when you’re home and when you’re away. A programmable thermostat can save you tons of money by automatically raising the temperature when you’re at work or school and knowing to kick on when you’re expected to arrive home.

Your Filter is Filthy

Your AC filter should be changed every other month or more during constant use, especially if you have shedding pets. A dirty filter can add up to 15% to your energy bill and will shorten the lifespan of your whole system. Replacement filters are $8 or $10, so that’s well worth it to save money on monthly bills.

Your AC Unit is Past Due for a Maintenance Check

The components of your air conditioning system need to be cleaned and checked each year to make sure it’s working its best. For one low cost, One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning in Aberdeen can make sure your system is running as efficiently as possible so your family is as cool as can be all summer long. Give us a call today.