Running the air conditioning can make an electricity bill skyrocket, but the alternative isn’t pretty, either. Luckily, there are a few ways that you can help your air conditioner run better and save you money as the summer months progress.
Quit cooling the neighborhood
If your home isn’t brand new, the cold air inside it is probably seeping out into the neighborhood through worn door and window seals, a poorly insulated attic and other sneaky cracks.
Make an upgrade
If you haven’t upgraded to a smart thermostat — such as Ecobee, Lyric, Lux or Nest — it’s time to make a change. Smart thermostats can regulate heating and cooling when you’re not home to save money. Plus, you can adjust the settings remotely using an app on your phone. Some even work with Amazon Alexa, Samsung SmartThings, Apple HomeKit, Wink, Google Home and other smart home platforms. Here are the best smart thermostats of 2017 to help you make the best decision for your home.
Make sure your thermostat is on the right wall
Thermostat placement can play a big part in how well your air conditioner works. If you put it on a wall right next to a hot window, for instance, your air conditioner will kick on much more often than it needs to because it will think the room is hotter than it actually is. Here’s how to pick the perfect wall for your thermostat.
Close the blinds
A window letting in the hot sun won’t just heat up your thermostat, it’ll heat you up too. During the warmest part of the day, close your window blinds and keep out the sun. It can also help insulate your windows, which stops the cold air from escaping.
Use a fan
A fan can help save on cooling costs.
Setting low is a no-go
Always set your thermostat to the highest temperature you can stand to save the most money.
Even a small change in the temperature can save you big bucks.