Tips For Reducing Energy Bills

How To Reduce Energy Bills In The Summer

What’s not to love about summer? Well, for starters, higher energy bills. Summers in Central Ohio can be hot and humid, especially during July and August, and to stay comfortable, we frequently need to crank the AC. Shutting off the AC during the day usually isn’t an option and fans alone do little to provide relief when it comes to circulating stagnant air. And trying to sleep when it’s hot and humid is futile as well as miserable. What’s a homeowner to do? Fortunately, there’s a happy medium where you can enjoy cool comfort in your home and not pay skyrocketing energy bills.

Here are some strategies to combat rising summer energy costs:

  • Repair Or Replace Your AC Unit: Keeping your AC in prime working order is an absolute necessity during the summer months. Dust and debris can accumulate in the unit over the winter, so a thorough cleaning will work wonders. Also, our HVAC technicians will inspect the AC unit to repair or replace worn-out parts, as well as check coolant levels. If your AC is old and beyond cost-effective repair, the technician will connect you with an installation advisor to discuss replacing the old unit. While seasonal AC maintenance may seem like an unwanted expense, you will save in the long run with lower utility bills and the peace of mind that your system won’t let you down during the hottest days and nights of summer.
  • Adjust The Thermostat: Are you wasting money cooling your home during the day while everybody is out? Nudge the thermostat up a few degrees before everybody leaves for the day and readjust the temperature when you get home. Better yet, invest in a smart thermostat. Using your phone, you can program the thermostat, so the temperature is warmer during the day when the house is empty and cool things down again before everybody gets home in the afternoon. A smart thermostat has many other benefits, such as letting you know when it’s time to change filters, alerting you to system malfunctions, and reminding you to schedule seasonal maintenance.
  • Change Your Air Filters: Air filters that are dirty, dusty, or clogged with pet hair can impede airflow, which forces your AC to work harder. Air filters should be changed every 1-3 months, depending on your household and climate. Many types of air filters are available, and the price points vary, depending on which type of filter you prefer (e.g., generic, HEPA, anti-allergen, etc.). We also offer indoor air quality services to improve the quality and flow of air throughout your home.
  • Unplug Unused Appliances: Even if you’re not using an appliance or device, it is still using energy if it’s plugged in. That’s why it’s a good idea to unplug whatever you’re not using regularly, such as lamps, games, smart devices, and small appliances like blenders or air fryers. Every little bit of savings can help.

Hopefully, these ideas will get you thinking about other ways to save on your summer energy bills. If you want to schedule an AC tune-up or discuss smart thermostat options, contact CARE Heating & Cooling, Inc. at (614) 841-1555 or use our online contact form. We’ll send a technician to your home to review your household’s summer energy use and recommend solutions to lower costs.