Save Money on Electricity: Air Conditioning

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in K-Co Electric Blog | 0 comments

Save Money on Electricity: Air Conditioning

If you’re looking for ways to save money on electricity, take a good look at your air conditioning costs. Though Connecticut had a mild summer, the humidity can still be uncomfortable. Your electricity costs are sure to climb if you don’t make some changes now. Here are the top six tips to save money on electricity and air conditioning all summer long.

Use a programmable thermostat

If you don’t already have one installed, make this upgrade a priority in your home. A programmable thermostat allows you to program automatic setbacks for while you’re away or sleeping. As a result, you save money on electricity without sacrificing comfort.

Install a ceiling fan

You can keep the thermostat set to 78 degrees and still feel completely comfortable with the wind chill generated by a ceiling fan. In fact, a 78-degree room feels closer to 74 degrees with a breeze. Just remember to turn off the ceiling fan when the room is empty since air circulation cools people, not the air.

Clean the air filter

The cost of a new filter is an investment that helps you save money on electricity. When airflow is ideal, the air conditioner doesn’t have to strain itself to push air through a clogged filter. That’s good news for short term energy bills as well as long-term repair costs and system longevity.

Seal air leaks

You can save money on electricity cost by reducing the amount of air that infiltrates your home through gaps and cracks in the outer envelope. Start by applying caulk and weatherstripping around windows and doors. Then move onto plumbing penetrations, recessed light fixtures, the chimney and unfinished areas behind cupboards. With less warm air making its way into your home, the air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard.

Add insulation

The most cost effective location to increase insulation in an existing home is the attic. Take a peak and see how thick the insulation is on the attic floor. You should have several inches to achieve the recommended R-value of R-49 for attics located in Connecticut. It’s likely you need to add between R-19 and R-30 worth of insulation to what you already have to reach this recommended level. Remember, the time and effort needed to improve insulation pays dividends in the winter as well.

Invest in a new air conditioner

Even if your A/C is still running, it might be more economical to replace it before it suffers a total breakdown. To help you decide, consider the age and efficiency of the air conditioner as well as your current comfort level. If the cooling equipment is more than 10 years old with an efficiency rating lower than 10 Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and home comfort has been suffering lately, consider making an upgrade.

Clearly, saving money on electricity is not as difficult as you thought. Many changes are simple and cost next to nothing, yet they deliver profound energy savings. Contact K-Co Electric today to learn more.