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6 HVAC tips to save money on your summer energy bill

The rising electricity costs, the impact of carbon dioxide emissions on the environment and the wear and tear with constant use make it essential to make your air conditioning system more energy efficient. If you live in a hot climate, your HVAC system is your most important device. If you take good care of your device, its lifespan will be extended considerably and you will save money on repairs in the long term. In the meantime, you can take various precautions to lower your monthly electricity bill. Most of what you can do depends on the ease of maintenance, cleaning, and knowledge of the space your air conditioner is designed for.

Clean regularly

According to Dallas HVACYour HVAC system relies on all ducts, vents, filters and other components to be clean in order to move the air efficiently. Change the air filter about once a month or earlier if you find it is clogged. A dirty air filter cannot suck in enough air to effectively cool a room. Check the outer part of the device, which is the capacitor. It must be clean, including removing debris that could clog the vents. Use a small vacuum to remove dust from the fan openings. If you try to use a brush, you risk bending it and reducing its effectiveness.

Avoid overcooling

One of the most common reasons for a high monthly electricity bill is that the air conditioner is set to a lower temperature than required. Room temperature at 72 degrees feels good, but in the middle of summer, when the outside temperature is 100, it can be difficult to maintain that temperature. Instead, you may have to settle for a few more degrees. You can compensate for the increased AC temperature with ceiling fans or tower fans. The rotating leaves blow air through the room and create a slight wind cold. If your house is open, you can place one fan in front of another and create a chain effect.

Turn off unused devices

Every electrical appliance generates heat as a by-product. Since this heat usually can’t go anywhere, it builds up in the house and makes it hotter. If you can spend less time cooking, do so because stoves increase the heat. If you are not using a device, switch it off and pull out the mains plug. This also saves you a few dollars on your electricity bill, otherwise devices will consume phantom power. It may only be a few fractions of an amp, but it adds up.

Use shadows to your advantage

When the sun shines on your house regularly, it gets hot. And when the air is hot, the heat can’t go anywhere. This is especially true when the sun shines through windows. Consider adding curtains to your windows and keeping them closed on hot days. The solid mass of the curtain prevents heat and light from entering. Alternatively, you can use natural shadows. If your house has trees in the yard, the trees can provide shade. If not, you can plant some if you have the space and are ready to wait a few years to see the benefits.

Seal doors and windows

The areas in which windows and doors are connected to the walls of your house must be measured and caulked precisely. Heat and moisture can cause the wood to warp over time. The caulking can dissolve or tear, causing your home to lose sealing and insulation. Every summer you should check under the doors to see if there is a gap. If so, you need to have it sealed to make your air conditioner work more easily.

Have the right size

Industry measures heat in BTUs (British Thermal Units) when it indicates the power that an air conditioner needs to cool an area. If your air conditioner is having trouble cooling a hot area, it may be because it is not designed for such a large space. Conversely, an air conditioning system that is too strong can cool down a room too quickly and cannot absorb the air humidity. To determine the size of AC, you need to measure the length of the room and multiply by the width to get the square meter. Your AC unit should be 20 BTU square feet.