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How to Reduce Your AC Energy Costs

Energy bills have a tendency to fluctuate in costs, especially during the seasonal temperature changes. During those warmer months the majority of people tend to crank up their air conditioners to cool down their homes or buildings as quickly as possible. This can cause a drastic increase to your energy bill and may cause some to immediately wonder how to cut costs. There are more simple steps you can take and trivial adjustments you can make in your day-to-day life that can assist in driving your energy costs down. Having the right HVAC system will change the energy your home needs to stay comfortable.

Have better air flow in your home

Install ceiling fans will require much less power from your air conditioning system. A fan won’t cool or heat the home but it will move the air around that is in the home and require much less energy. When you have the right HVAC system in your home the fans will work well with them.

Seal Up your Home

Make sure the doors and windows are sealed up to keep the air in the home. In the cold winter months you want to trap the hot air in as much as possible so the heater doesn’t have to  work overtime trying to keep the house heated while its going out the windows and doors. This will help save energy and keep the heater from having to kick on as much as possible.

Plant trees around the house

Landscape can keep your home shaded so you don’t have direct sunlight on the home. This will help the house stay cool and keep your unit from kicking on as often which will save you money on your electricity bill.

Natural Ventilation

In Central Texas, some months its refreshing to open the windows to let fresh air in. Of course we don’t recommend this in the hot summer months but as it cools off let the fresh air in. This will flow air through the home and you are able to turn off your heating and air conditioning unit and save money on your energy bill.

Settings on your thermostat

Set your temperature on your thermostat as close to the outside temperature as comfortable as possible. This will prevent your unit from working too hard and use up your energy in your home. If you happen to have a thermostat that can be set to automatic night temperature and when your away, you will save money on your energy bill. We don’t always remember to change the temperature when we leave the house so the automatic thermostats are handy and saves money this way. Penguin Air can set the right HVAC system for your home and get the best thermostat installed.

Curtains and Shades

Try to keep your shades and curtains closed in the hot summer months. This will keep the direct sunlight out of the house and avoid warming up the house.

Close off the vents

If you have rooms that are not being used on a regular basis its best to close those vents off. This way the air will travel to the rooms in common areas that really need attention. If your cooling/ heating rooms that no one is in you could be wasting money on your energy bill.

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