We’re all looking forward to warmer weather in St. Louis, but not the high cooling bills or the possibility of needing air conditioning repair. If you want to save money and minimize trouble with your air conditioner this summer, follow these tips.
How to Keep Energy Bills Low and Prevent the Need for Air Conditioning Repair
Follow these tips and you’ll find yourself with extra money in your pocket this summer!
Close Curtains and Blinds
Rooms that face the sun on the hottest part of the day can get really warm during the summer. If your thermostat is near those rooms, it will read that temperature and keep running to cool the entire house. Shut blinds or draw shades during peak sunshine hours so your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard.
Run a Ceiling Fan
If you increase your thermostat to our recommended 78 degrees, you’ll be amazed at how much cooler a ceiling fan will make you feel. If you’ve been using the fan in a clockwise direction during the winter to circulate air upward, make sure to switch it to a direction so the air moves down.
Turn Up Your Thermostat
You’ll save more money on air conditioning bills the closer you keep your inside temperature to the outside temperature, so see if you can stand to set your thermostat at 78 instead of 72. It may take some getting used to and you may have to shed some layers, but you’ll appreciate it when your energy bill goes down up to 18%. Invest in a programmable thermostat and schedule and set it to increase to 80 when no one is home during the day, and you’ll save even more.
Crystal Heating & Cooling is an authorized Carrier dealer and carries wi-fi and non-wi-fi thermostats.
Avoid Doing Things That Heat Up the House
The oven, dishwasher and clothes dryer all conduct heat, so don’t use them in the middle of the day when the outside temperature is scorching. Instead, use the microwave, grill outside, and wash dishes by hand. It’s best to wait to use the dryer until evening hours when the sun goes down.
Make Sure Vents are Clear
Your cooled air needs to flow freely in order to make your home comfortable. Check all vents and registers to ensure there is no furniture or rugs on top of them, which can restrict airflow and reduce your air conditioner’s efficiency.
Change Your Air Filter
Dirty filters block airflow, making your air conditioner work harder to cool your home. Clogged filters also increase the chance that you’ll end up needing air conditioner repair, so change your filter once a month during the hot summer to lower cooling bills 5-15% and extend the life of your air conditioning system.
Schedule an Air Conditioning Maintenance Appointment
Routine preventative maintenance on your A/C is the best way to avoid needing HVAC repair in St. Louis homes. Our summers are sweltering, and if your air conditioner isn’t in tip-top shape when the season starts, chances are you’ll not only have high air conditioning bills, but you may also find yourself sweating in a hothouse when your HVAC system fails. During a seasonal maintenance visit, a Crystal technician will clean your indoor unit and its components, clear the outside unit of debris, and check that the air conditioner and thermostat are in sync and working as they should.
Know When Your Air Conditioner Needs to be Replaced
If you had to call for air conditioning repairs multiple times last summer and you start to notice problems and high energy bills as this summer begins, consider whether it’s time to throw in the towel and buy a new air conditioner. The typical air conditioning unit lasts 10-15 years, and the older models are nowhere near as efficient as the new ENERGY STAR models.
Replacing your air conditioner is a big investment up front, but you’ll reap the benefits of cooling bills that are 30% lower for many years to come. We recommend Carrier, the most trusted HVAC brand in the industry.
When You Need HVAC Repair in St. Louis, Call Crystal Heating and Cooling!
The longer you neglect your air conditioning system, the higher your bills will be. If your AC is acting funny or you notice a spike in cooling bills, contact us and we’ll come out right away to see what’s going on.
We’ll always be open and honest about our inspection and let you know whether it’s best to repair or replace your air conditioner. Your comfort is always our priority!
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