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8 Tips to Lower Your Summer Air Conditioning Bill

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Round Rock's most trusted air conditioning services installation, repair and replacement professionals. Very few things say, "Summer's here in Round Rock, Texas!" better than Round Rock's scorching heat and the high utility bills from the day-long use and abuse of the air conditioning unit. Since the 1990s, summers in Round Rock and throughout the United States have been hotter than the summers before.

Fortunately and hopefully, living in one of the hottest states and areas in the United States, you have an air conditioning unit and it is operating at optimal performance. However, if your air conditioner is not efficiently maintained and service, then you could very well spend at least an additional $50-$150 a month for its inefficiency and lack of optimal performance.

Round Rock AC Repair wants you to enjoy summers in Round Rock, Texas with these 8 effective tips to lower air conditioning utility bill during summer:

1. Insulate your attic and lessen the air conditioning system load

Summer's in Round Rock are hot, period. Night comes and suddenly the house feels very hot, hotter than what it feels during the day.

This happens due to heat collecting in the attic during the day and going down during the night. Insulating your attic should be a priority during the summer, as it could save you a lot of money in the long run.

In addition, be sure the correct type of vents placed in the correct parts of the attic are installed and operating properly as this could cool down the attic without taking the cool out of your home.

2. Program your air conditioning system

One of the biggest areas of efficiency and savings is programming your air conditioning system with a programmable thermostat.

During those long summer days when no one's at home, it might be better to turn the AC down more than a notch or two. If the house can do without the air conditioning, it might be better to just turn the AC off. And at night, let the unit sleep when you are, and when possible.

This will save your air conditioning system and a few dollars.

3. Live in the dark with efficient air conditioning

Ever wonder why your parents told you to turn lights off when not using them? By turning off lights, this lessens the chance of heat emission throughout the home, causing the AC unit to run to lower the temperature in the home. You don't have to live in complete darkness or in the shadows to reduce your energy consumption.

However, you can adjust your living with a slightly darker environment by using window shades and window treatments that reflect and reduce heat. This lessens the load on the air conditioning unit and makes it easier for an air conditioner to cool rooms by not having sunlight shining throughout the home.

During the day, be sure to shade the windows on the south and the west parts of the house as these are where most of the sunlight passes through.

4. Shut the doors and plug the holes

The bigger the house or the room is and the more windows, the harder an AC unit works to keep it cool. To keep your air conditioning from having to run around the clock, shut the doors and vents of rooms not in use.

You might also want to make sure that the cool air stays inside the house by plugging any hole where cool air might escape and hot air might come in. Typically doors and windows are areas that need to be sealed and insulated with caulk, foam, or weather-stripping of some sort.

In addition, properly shutting off and plugging areas around faucets, air ducts, attics, storage, and even garage doors will help your home's air conditioning unit run efficiently and at an optimal level, saving you money in the long run on utility bills and air conditioning maintenance.

5. More ceiling fan, less air conditioner

Save money turning on the ceiling fan and use the air conditioning system less. Here's why: an average air conditioning window unit will use around 900 kWh, while a ceiling fan will use 75 kWh.

By proper use and placement of the ceiling fan, you can adjust the air conditioner thermostat to at most 8 degrees without feeling any hotter.

And don't forget to consider how the air reaches you is also very important. So be sure that ceiling fans rotate in the forward direction during the summer and in reverse during the winter. The forward rotation will force the cool air below the fan, while the reverse rotation draws the cool air from down the room.

6. Use less air conditioning by not using appliances during the day

It's almost like we're asking you to become a Round Rock night owl or Round Rock bat instructing you to use less appliances throughout the day in order to less the load on your air conditioning system.

Appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and dryers usually produce heat when in use, and using them when it's hot outside will make your AC system work harder, to the tune of double and triple in some cases.

In addition, some utility companies will charge less if these appliances are used in off-peak hours, usually around 8PM. You will want to check with your utility service provider in Round Rock to determine if you're eligible for special utility pricing.

7. Schedule your annual air conditioning check-up

HVAC systems, both residential and commercial, tend to consume more energy if they are not in their ideal working states. And not only do they consume more energy, but that energy consumption costs you in your wallet, and deep too. Then add in leaky ducts, drainage problems and many other common problems, and they too can reduce efficiency of the air conditioning unit and compound your overall costs.

Check-ups usually cost around $50-$150, but lack of consistent and proper maintenance can cost more in the long run. Be sure to contact Round Rock AC Repair to establish a quarterly, bi-annual or annual air conditioning service and maintenance plan.

Being proactive about the care and performance of your air conditioning system will save you hundreds to thousands of dollars as well as extend the life of your air conditioning unit.

8. Replace the old air conditioning unit with a new air conditioning system

How do you know when it is time to replace your air conditioning unit with a new air conditioning system? Typical life of an air conditioning system is somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 years although I've seen some go 20 years with appropriate and preventative air conditioning servicing and maintenance plans.

Keep in mind that older AC units might not have been made with energy-efficiency in mind. Newer AC models, especially those that comply with Energy Star criteria, can easily lower your utility bills by at least 10%. Always think twice about running on a central AC. They use at least 3 times the kilowatt hours many window-type AC units use.

So if your AC unit is fast approaching the 15 year mark, or need help deciding whether you're in need of a new air conditioning system, give Round Rock AC Repair a call for an inspection and air conditioning replacement quote.

Air Conditioning Tips and Tricks in a Nutshell

Round Rock AC Repair has given you 8 tips to save on your summer electricity bills, but there are still other things you can do to lower it further. Remember that you don't have to give up a lot of things and spend a lot of money to feel comfortable in Round Rock's summer heatwave.