The summer months are ahead and we all know what that means: higher BGE bills for those in the Baltimore area. Air conditioning can push your electric bill sky high if you’re not careful. Finding ways to maximize your HVAC unit’s efficiency and run your air conditioner on as little energy as possible will help you keep your bills down this summer. No one wants to shell out extra money that could be spent on a nice beach vacation or spending time at the Baltimore harbor. Don’t risk wasting all of your money on keeping your home cool this summer. Take some tips from the energy experts and keep your bill low.
- Use a fan – If you set your thermostat a little bit higher to help you save money, invest in some fans. Ceiling fans, standalone fans, and desk fans can all help circulate the cool air that’s already in your home to help you avoid unnecessarily low air temperatures in your home. The closer the temperature you set your thermostat to the temperature outside, the lower your electric bill will be at the end of the month.
- Seal your windows – Ensuring that you regularly keep up with home maintenance, such as keeping your windows sealed, will help keep the cold air in and the hot air out. The last thing you want to do when you’re cooling your home is let the air escape. Keep your windows closed and make sure you aren’t lingering in your doorway any longer than necessary.
- Change your filters – Filters can build up a lot of dust over time; if they get too gunky, it can cause your filters to have to work extra hard to get cool air out. The harder your system is working, the more energy it’s using. Regularly cleaning your filters as well as the grates around your filters will help the intake process use a lot less energy.
- Seal your ducts – This one is similar to the sealing of your windows. Letting air escape your ducts from holes or leaks will cost you extra money for cooling an area that doesn’t need to be cooled. Save that cool air for the rooms where you need it most: the kitchen and whatever room you’re occupying at the time.
- Invest in regular maintenance – Keeping your HVAC unit in good “health” will help reduce your air conditioning costs as well. Your HVAC unit should be checked at least twice per year to make sure that it runs at its best efficiency. This is also a good preventive measure to take; the more you know about your HVAC system and the earlier you catch the problem, the less money you’ll have to shell out later to fix a big problem.
Start your summer off right. Get your HVAC unit checked and consider a regular maintenance plan so you won’t have to worry about problems with your HVAC unit again. Maximize your air conditioning efficiency and spend the extra money on the fun stuff!
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