In the heat of the summer in Plano, TX, your air conditioner can use as much power as all the other items in your house combined, so easing the stress on it can save you a good bit of money. Here are three ways to save money with your air conditioner this summer.
Turn up the Thermostat
The lower your thermostat’s setting, the longer your air conditioner will have to run to cool your home, especially in the heat of the afternoon. Experts recommend setting your thermostat at 78 degrees while you are home and turning it higher when you are away for more than a few hours, like when you go to work.
Consider a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat can lower your bills even more by making temperature adjustments for you automatically. This way, you can save money by turning up the thermostat while you are away, but program the thermostat to turn itself back down before you get home so you will not walk into an uncomfortably hot house.
Maintain Your Air Conditioner
While it may be tempting to skip the expense of an annual AC tune-up, doing so costs you money in the long run. This is because annual maintenance on your AC unit is key to having it run as efficiently and cheaply as possible.
During an annual maintenance visit, Samm’s HVAC Specialist will clean and test your HVAC system. The service technician will also lubricate all the moving parts as needed, check the duct system, check electrical components and refrigerant charge to make sure that your system is functioning at optimal condition. A tuned-up system does not have to run as long or use as much power as an unmaintained one, so keeping your system maintained will save you both money and the hassle of dealing with breakdowns.
If it has been more than a year since you had your air conditioner tuned up, it’s time to get it done. Call Samm’s Heating and Air Conditioning to schedule a maintenance appointment today. Or click here for a more detailed list of what our specialists perform on your system during maintenance.