We’ve been on a proverbial weather roller coaster the past couple of weeks. First, it got really hot, really early. But in the past week or so, we’ve had a lot of rain to help cool things down (a bit, at least). Just like a roller coaster, however, you know we’re rapidly approaching the end of the ride. Before too long, the string of repeat 100-degree days will be here.
Summer time is always a key time to think about energy efficiency. Whether your family considers itself “green” or not, no one wants to pay outrageous amount of money to the local utility. So here are a couple of tips from Champion AC to help cut down on your electricity use and hopefully increase your efficiency.
Change Your Air Filters
During the summer months, you should check your filter every couple of weeks. If it’s dirty, change it. Think of your home’s air filter as the lungs of your AC system. If it’s dirty, your AC can’t breathe. That means it never shuts off and you end up with skyrocketing electric bills. With the AC running more and more during the summer, it means the importance of regularly changing out your filter is even more important.
Manage Your Thermostat
Most homeowners have a programmable thermostat in their home, whether they know it or not. If you do have one, setting it to control your home’s temperatures based on your schedule is a major advantage for you. That way, you don’t have to worry about constantly turning the thermostat up or down every time you walk in or out the door. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, contact your local AC company and get one installed.
Use Your Ceiling Fans Wisely
Here’s the deal with ceiling fans. They help you feel cool with a breeze against your skin, but they don’t lower the temperature of the room. So don’t leave them on when you leave a room. That just wastes energy.
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.