As the temp goes up, so does your air conditioning bills. To keep your air conditioning costs low you might be asking yourself, is it cheaper to leave your AC on all day in the summer in Ames?

It’s a widespread belief that turning your AC on and off throughout the day is inefficient. This is actually not true.

Keeping your air conditioning running all day means you’re not using it very efficiently. We recommend setting your thermostat higher when you’re elsewhere, and turning it back down when you return. You can achieve this with a programmable thermostat. Or, a smart thermostat can do the work for you.

It’s much more work for your system to keep a constant temp all day long. It can also lead to a lot of strain on your system, since it’s frequently turning on and off.

So, on top of it increasing your utility bills, it may also lead to a reduced life expectancy for your HVAC system.

No matter what, the greater the difference between your house’s temperature and the outside temperature, the more your energy expenses will be. So, what can you do to keep cool and keep your energy bills low in the summer? Here are our suggestions based on recommendations from the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

Six Ways to Boost Your Air Conditioner’s Energy Efficiency

  1. Modify Your Thermostat. The DOE says that you can conserve up to 10% yearly on heating and cooling by increasing your thermostat 7-10 degrees while you’re away at work. In the summer, it’s recommended to set your thermostat at 78 degrees while you’re home and 88 degrees when you’re elsewhere. It’s equally as important to abstain from setting your thermostat to a colder setting than average when you turn on your AC unit. This doesn’t actually cool your residence any sooner, it just causes bigger utility bills. While these temperatures might appear toasty, there are additional methods to keep cool without having to constantly run the air conditioning.
  2. Use Fans, Curtains and Blinds. ENERGY STAR says dialing up the thermostat by a mere 2 degrees and using your ceiling fan can lessen air conditioning costs by up to 14% over the course of the warm months. It’s important to note that fans cool people, not areas. So, when you exit the room, turn the fan off to save energy. Additionally, keeping blinds down and curtains closed throughout the day helps keep chilled air inside. There are also some window solutions designed to deliver added insulation and enhance energy efficiency.
  3. Effectively Seal All Doors, Windows and Openings. Leaky gaps throughout a residence enable conditioned air to quickly slip out and the heat to get in. This can lead to your AC equipment being required to work harder to keep your house cooler and your AC bills to skyrocket. Make sure that any cracks, doors and windows are suitably sealed. Caulking or weather-stripping are simple fixes for leaks or drafts around windows and doors.
  4. Arrange Routine Maintenance. Scheduling air conditioner maintenance ensures your equipment is always running at its most efficient. This permits our professionals to detect simple issues before they result in substantial problems. A well-kept air conditioner is usually more efficient and could even live for a longer period of time.
  5. Invest in a Smart Thermostat. One of the easiest methods to assure comfort and energy savings is with a smart thermostat. This thermostat automatically adjusts the temperature based on your regular schedule. It works with your smartphone to see when you’re in your home or away to maximize your energy savings. In fact, ENERGY STAR mentions that a smart thermostat could potentially save you about $180 yearly on energy costs.
  6. Consider Replacing Your AC Unit. You can anticipate a properly maintained air conditioner to run for 15-20 years. But if you’re frequently calling us for air conditioning repair or your utility bills are climbing with no change in thermostat settings, it could be time for a new system. We carry many energy-efficient air conditioners, like ENERGY STAR models that can help you save more on cooling without negotiating comfort.

Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency with Haselhoff Air Solutions

No one enjoys seeing their electricity bill climb during the summer. If you’re looking for more ways to keep your energy use and expenses low this summer, our team can help. Get in touch with us at 515-450-8739 or contact us online today for extra details.