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Simple Ways to Save on Your Air Conditioning Bill

Air conditioning and heating in your home are probably the largest uses of energy on your electric bill, but they can also offer opportunities for savings. One of the best ways to save money on your air conditioning bill is to change your furnace filters often during air conditioning season. Your air conditioning sucks warm air in through the filter and then returns the cooler air into your home. If the filter is dirty, it takes more energy to pull the air into the unit for cooling. Changing the filter makes the process easier and saves energy and money.

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Here are a few ways to save on your air conditioning bill this summer

Upgrading your home insulation can also save you money on your air conditioning bill during the summer, in addition to saving on your heating bill during the winter.. Insulation traps air between cold and warm areas in your home and will help keep cool air from escaping the house during the hot summer months. Increasing the R-value of your insulation will help hold in more cool air and keep out the hot air. You should have at least a R-19 insulation in your attic, R-30 is even better.

Turning down the thermostat during the hot summer months will also save you money on your air conditioning bill. You will benefit more if you install a programmable thermostat. Setting the temperature to 78 degrees when you are home and 84 degrees if you are away is a good practice. Keeping your thermostat at these temperatures can save as much as 20% on your air conditioning bill.

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Caulking around cracks, sealing gaps around pipes, and wrapping heat ducts will keep warmer air inside your home during the winter, and will help on cooling as well. Applying weather stripping around windows or doors and sealing the cracks around pipes, wires and ducts also helps a lot.

Decorating your home using elements that can help keep the space cooler during the summer months will also save money on your bills. A few examples are using room darkening curtains around large windows that face any hot sun. Utilizing ceiling fans in each room helps cut down on the need to crank down the A/C. Remember though, only run ceiling fans when you’re in the room, as they serve no purpose running in an empty room. They make your body feel cooler, while not actually cooling the room.

We have many more tips for saving on your air conditioning bill this summer. Check out other articles under the “Myrtle Beach Air Conditioning” section, as well as the articles in our “Myrtle Beach Energy Savings” section to your right.

If you need help with an air conditioner or heat pump that just doesn’t seem to be keeping your home cool, call Brown & Reaves Services, featuring 24 hour emergency service. Let us help keep you cool this summer, and show you more ways you can save on your air conditioning bill. 843-497-9867, or fill out our short form and someone will contact you as quickly as possible.

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