Does your electric bill leave you with steam coming out of your ears?
For Louisiana residents, air conditioning is crucial to staying comfortable in the summer. But as demand increases during the warmer months, your electric bill often shoots up in response.
A higher than expected bill can leave anyone feeling a little, well, hot under the collar.
However, there are some surefire ways to save on your bill without sacrificing an ounce of comfort.
Here’s how to stay cool in more ways than one!
Do a Quick Clean Up
You can do a little ‘spring cleaning’ any time of year.
If you haven’t cleaned out your system’s air filter yet, be sure to do so. Mark yourself a note on your calendar to perform this task monthly.
A clear air filter allows your system to work properly without having to fight against dust, dirt, and grime to circulate cool air.
While you’re thinking clean, trim back any overgrown landscaping near your air conditioner. Shrubbery and plants closer than 4 feet to your A/C units can decrease airflow.
That being said, take full advantage of the cooling effect landscaping provides for the other areas of your home. Trees that block direct sunlight on your home will lower the heat gain and your electric bill in return.
Put Your Fans to Work
Ceiling fans are your air conditioner’s right-hand companions. They work efficiently alongside the unit to cool down your home and lower your electric bill to boot.
Just be sure to run your ceiling fan in the right direction. That’s clockwise in the winter and counterclockwise in the summer.
When ceilings direct cool air downwards, they do more than create a nice breeze effect. They also allow you to lower your home’s temperature by as much as 4 degrees Fahrenheit without noticing a difference on your bill.
You can also use fans to soak up that pesky humidity that lingers in the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room. Always turn fans off when not in use and especially when you leave your home.
Don’t forget to pay close attention to other parts of your home that might be leaking air. These hot spots can be sealed with a little caulk.
Get an Energy Efficient HVAC Model
If you’re ready to replace your HVAC unit, go green! Some of the latest models are most energy-efficient and can save you big buck on your electric bill over time. Be sure to ask our Trane Comfort Specialists about the right energy-friendly unit for your home.
Keep an eye on the size of your unit as well; bigger is not always better! An oversized unit will merely short cycle, cooling the home faster than it needs to and then shutting off.
Switch to a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat is an easy fix that allows you to set your system’s temperature ahead of time.
You can program it to run at a warmer temperature when you’re out of your home, then turn back down just before you get back, allowing you to save on costs over time.
Ask for a Tune Up
Your air conditioning unit needs a checkup each summer. Having it inspected and tuned up by one of our HVAC professionals is quick and easy!
Regular tune-ups will keep your unit running efficiently and give you an extra set of eyes to help you avoid big, costly repairs like a bad capacitor that eventually fries your whole system.
At Three Rivers Services, we offer Maintenance Agreement Programs for residential and light commercial. This 20-point inspection can be performed every Spring and Fall to increase the energy efficiency of your unit.
Get in touch with us at Three Rivers, or call at (985) 892-7071 to make sure you stay cool all summer long.