How to Reduce High Summer Energy Bills
Now is the time of year when nearly everyone gets an unwelcome surprise
in the mail – the first summer utility bill! Texas summers are brutal,
but there are many things you can do to
reduce the high cost of cooling during the hot weather.
Thermostats – First, if you haven't already done so, now is the time to
invest in a
programmable thermostat. Programming is easy and you should take advantage of options, which allow
you to hold higher indoor temperatures while you are away from the house.
Be sure to set the temperature a little higher at night while you are sleeping.
Cleanliness matters – A clean HVAC system runs more efficiently, breaks down less often
and lasts longer. Begin by changing the air filter regularly, but don't
stop there. Have your central air conditioning system
professionally serviced at the beginning of the summer season. You'll save the cost of a tune-up
through lower operating costs.
Keep debris out of the condensing unit – The
condensing unit (outside unit) collects grass clippings, leaves and other debris, which
limits its efficiency. Inspect it periodically for loose items and wash
down its exterior
(be sure the unit is not running!)
Use ceiling fans – We all feel cooler when air is moving past our skin. Ceiling fans
do a great job of keeping indoor air moving and are inexpensive to operate.
You can generally set the thermostat a few degrees higher while running
a fan without being uncomfortable.
Try these simple tips to reduce summer energy bills without sacrificing
comfort. If all else fails, call the professionals at
Tom's Mechanical, 972/254- 7888 or reach us online at
tomsmechanical.com. We service broken heating and cooling systems 24 hours a day, 7 days