9 Ways You Can Reduce Your Air Conditioning Costs

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Chances are that your summer would be pretty miserable without air conditioning. However, that does not mean you enjoy receiving your cooling bill every month. If you live in a big house and run your air conditioner all day, you probably are used to paying a pretty penny for air conditioning costs. The good news is that running your air conditioning does not have to break the bank. You just have to make some adjustments. Here are nine ways you can reduce air conditioning costs.

Plant Trees Around Your House

Trees do not just look beautiful and give you oxygen; they also can reduce your air conditioning bills. If you plant some trees around your house, less sunlight will be able to reach the inside of your house. If sunlight cannot get into your house, your air conditioner will not have to work as hard.

Install Solar Window Film

Another way you can reduce your air conditioning costs is to install solar window film over your windows. This film will block the sun's ultraviolet rays from getting into your house. If less sunlight enters through your windows, your home will stay cooler.

Turn Off that Oven

Using your oven can decrease your heating bills in the winter, but it can increase your cooling costs in the summertime. When you cook something in your oven, hot air will fill your home, causing your air conditioner to work harder than it needs to. If you want to do some cooking, use an outdoor grill.

Clean Your Air Conditioner Condenser Unit

Your air conditioner's condenser unit can accumulate leaves and other debris over time, decreasing the system's efficiency. That is why it is important to clean the condenser unit once a year. After you have turned off the power to the unit, clean the condenser fins with a soft brush. 

Have a Professional Check Your Air Conditioner Out

Even if your air conditioner is pretty new, you should still have a professional HVAC contractor check it out once a year. An HVAC contractor will fully inspect your air conditioning system and see if there are any problems with it. Getting your air conditioner serviced annually can also prevent your air conditioner from breaking down.

Run Your Ceiling Fans

If you have ceiling fans, you should definitely take advantage of them during the summer months. These fans will help circulate the cool air better, so you air conditioner system does not have to work as hard. If you do not have ceiling fans, installing them can help decrease your cooling costs.

Seal Up Air Leaks

It is a good idea to check for air leaks at least once a month. If there are leaks around your electric outlets and plumbing, cool air can easily leak out of your home and increase your air conditioning costs. You can seal up these air leaks with caulk.

Turn Off Your Electronics

Electronics, such as your laptop and video game system, can generate heat and make your air conditioning system work harder. When you are doing using your electronics, you should turn them off.

Raise Your Thermostat

You should raise your thermostat by a few degrees when you will be away from the house. Slightly raising the temperature setting can actually save you quite a bit of money on your cooling bills.

Running your air conditioner does not have to drain your bank account. If you follow these helpful tips, you can reduce your air conditioning costs throughout the summer. However, if you are still getting high cooling bills, have a cooling contractor look at your air conditioner to learn more.

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