Winter has finally loosened its icy grip, giving way to the beautiful spring! With the weather turning for the better and outdoor activities ramping up, everyone is looking forward to the warm months with summer coming fast.
Right now, we are enjoying a sweet spot. Your heat is most likely turned off (or will be soon) and your home is kept comfortable with a few open windows or a fan or two. But soon, the heat of summer will appear and that means your air conditioning will get to work.
In these uncertain times, it is now more important than ever to keep a close eye on your energy usage. As the temperatures start to rise, here are three DIY tips to minimize your air conditioning costs this summer.
- Keep your filters and vents clean. This is one of the most basic, and most important considerations for energy saving. A clean filtration system can help your AC unit function more efficiently. If the dust and dirt in your filters and vents builds up, the unit will have to work harder to push air through, resulting in higher costs. By changing your filters and dusting around the vents regularly, you will keep the system flowing freely – and help clean the air of pollen and other allergens too.
- Unplug what you are not using. Even when not switched on, electric devices will still draw power, which can create heat, and cumulatively will add to your bill. Since the days are longer in spring and summer, it is a good idea to unplug that extra lamp or appliance that can be used less frequently.
- Check for drafty windows and doors. If your windows and doors are not properly sealed, you will be letting the conditioned air escape outside. This makes the unit work harder to cool down the spaces in your home and sucks up more energy in the process. Make sure that all places where a draft could occur are properly closed.
Along with annual maintenance, these basic guidelines will help you save significantly on your energy costs this summer. For more insights and energy-saving tips, visit our website or call our Tonica office at 815-442-3415, or our Princeton office at 815-872-2200.
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