Don’t Let Your Summer AC Bills Go Through the Roof

Summer means sun, fun, and summer AC bills. As the saying goes, two out of three ain’t bad. There’s no doubt that summer air conditioning increases electricity consumption noticeably. Here in our climate zone, cooling over the summer season adds a total of about $150 to your electricity bill for a house of median size. However, summer AC bills are not written in stone. There are certain steps most homeowners can take to whittle that number down a little — or a lot. Here are some proven suggestions:

Resist heat infiltration.

Heat naturally moves from a hotter area into a colder area. That means the cool confines of your home act as a magnet that literally attracts heat. More heat gain makes your air conditioner run longer cycles, which in turn means higher summer AC bills. Seek out and seal cracks and small gaps or other openings in the house that let outdoor heat indoors. Renew worn weatherstripping around doors and windows. Closing drapes during daylight hours also helps.

Check attic insulation.

Heat energy also radiates directly through building materials like the roof. Measure the depth of fiberglass batts or loose-fill insulation in the attic and compare it to current Department of Energy recommendations available online. If you need additional material, it can usually be installed atop existing insulation.

Stay in the efficient range.

Typical residential central air conditioners run most efficiently when the thermostat is set around 78 degrees. Knocking that setting down just 8 degrees to 70, for example, increases AC electrical consumption and costs by 10%. You can minimize comfort loss by using efficient ceiling fans to move air and enhance the sensation of coolness.

Know the limits.

An air conditioner has a finite capacity to remove heat from the home. Once it’s operating at 100%, pushing the thermostat down further on a hot day has little effect on indoor temperatures. However, the extended AC compressor cycles that result stress that critical component and increase monthly bills.

Keeping the Wabash Valley cool since 1922, Paitson Bros. is always available with more advice to reduce summer AC bills.

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