Summer brings pool parties, backyard barbeques, and fun in the sun. It also brings a higher central air energy cost. At Dows ClimateCare, we serve families in Trenton and the surrounding areas, supporting home and business owners with heating, cooling, and air quality. Wonder how to save money on air conditioning costs this summer? We can help! 

We’ve compiled a list of our top 5 tips for energy-efficient air conditioning practices, including the best temperature for your AC to save money. Here’s what you should know to keep your home cool for the summer without maxing out air conditioning energy and costs. 

1. Moderately Increase the Cold 

When that first blast of summer heat hits Trenton, it’s tempting to turn the AC up high to cool the house fast. We recommend, slowly turning your air up, and maintaining a comfortable standard temperature for your home instead. 

When you turn the AC up high quickly, it forces your HVAC system to work harder than necessary to cool your home. The outcome may be a slightly higher energy bill and the blast won’t cool your home any quicker than turning it on slowly. 

2. Invest in a Smart Thermostat 

Smart thermostats give you control over your home’s heating and cooling. At Dows ClimateCare, we offer the ecobee smart thermostat, which can reduce your energy waste by 26%. The thermostats are Wi-Fi-enabled and operational from the built-in touch screen panel or your mobile device. 

A smart thermostat lets you set the temperature in your home, monitor rises and falls in internal and external temperatures, and make changes as necessary. When researching how to save money on air conditioning costs, a smart thermostat can be a big money saver. 

Interested in learning more about a smart thermostat and all of its benefits? Reach out to our team today and we would be happy to help!

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3. Add Window Film 

Tinted window film is affordable and easy to apply. Simply peel from the backing, spread onto the window, and press out air bubbles with a scraping tool. Once applied, tinted window film blocks harmful UV rays from entering your home and adds insulation on single or double-paned glass. 

The window film acts as an additional barrier, keeping cool air in, and warm air out in the summer. This provides major HVAC energy savings, as you require less AC usage to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature. 

4. Maintain the Temperature in Your Home 

Does keeping AC on auto save money? Yes. Believe it or not, when you turn your AC off, you might save momentarily on energy, but those costs equal out when your home warms and the AC needs to work twice as hard to reach equilibrium again. 

If you want to know how to save energy with AC, the key is consistency. Maintaining a consistent temperature in your home reduces the need for excess AC. You’ll spend some on cooling, but you’ll spend less than you will by turning the thermostat off and on all day. 

5. Have Your AC Professionally Maintained 

Calling in the experts once a year for AC maintenance is highly beneficial. Whether a filter needs to be changed, or a part needs to be replaced, your AC will cost you less energy and money when it’s running efficiently. 

When your AC needs to work harder than necessary, it increases your energy costs. This happens if the refrigerant is low, filters are clogged, or the external portion of your unit is dirty. Your HVAC contractor will check your unit and have it back in tip-top shape for summer savings. 

Contact Dows ClimateCare Today 

Interested in learning more about saving on your HVAC bills this summer? Contact the experts at Dows ClimateCare today, we are serious about your home comfort.  

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