When the weather gets hot during the summer in Sunnyvale, Texas, you probably notice that your cooling bills start to rise. Most people don’t like spending extra money on energy as the seasons change, so combat rising bills by making a few simple changes around the house.
Replace the Filter
If your system has to work harder to pump cool air through the home, you’ll notice an immediate rise in energy bills. When the filter is dirty and clogged, it can’t do its job to keep debris out of the ducts. Replacing the filter every month or two can make a big difference in the costs of cooling bills this summer. If you schedule an AC tuneup, your technician might offer filter changes as part of the service.
Keep the Windows Covered
During the hottest part of the day, keeping your blinds or curtains closed can help reduce the heat that comes into your home. When the windows are uncovered, the hot rays of the sun will increase the temperature of the air, causing the cooling system to run more often. If you don’t like closing your blinds or curtains, consider installing insulated window film to lessen heat gain in your house.
Program the Thermostat
When the system runs constantly during the summer, your bills will be higher than average and cost you a lot of extra money. Take some time to program the thermostat in your home so the temperature gets higher when you’re at work or asleep and the cooling system turns on to lower the temperature when you’re home and awake.
You might also want to add a smart thermostat to do the work for you. Most of the advanced smart thermostats available track the temperature outside and make adjustments automatically to maintain a comfortable atmosphere within the home. This device can also track your habits and change the settings accordingly.
If you’ve made changes but are still dealing with higher than average energy bills, you may need a repair or upgraded system. Call us at (972) 564-9785 to schedule a cooling system consultation and find out what is causing the problem.
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