1. Bump The Temperature Up When No One Is Home
If you bump your air conditioner up 5° (from 70° to 75°, for example) while you’re away from home, it significantly reduces the amount of energy your air conditioning uses throughout the day, leading to big savings on your energy bills. Doug’s can automate your temperature settings for you by installing a programmable thermostat —you won’t have to remember to change the thermostat, and you’ll still get the energy savings!
2. Make Sure Your Air Filters Are Clean
When your air filters are dirty, your air conditioner has to work harder to put out cool air, which drives up your energy usage. A dirty filter can increase your cooling costs by as much as 10%! Check your filter by shining a light on it—if no light shines through, the filter is dirty and needs to be changed.
3. Have Spring AC Maintenance Done
Having your air conditioner tuned up in the spring or early summer can increase its energy efficiency by as much as 20%. A Doug’s air conditioning tune up includes a cleaning that will remove any dust or grime causing your air conditioner to work overtime. Your Doug’s technician will also fix any minor problems that might be affecting energy efficiency or cooling performance, meaning your air conditioner will be working at its best throughout the long, hot Louisiana summer.
4. Use Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans need less energy than an air conditioning unit needs to make you feel cool. By keeping the air in constant motion, they allow you to bump your home’s overall temperature up by a couple degrees and still feel just as cool. You can decrease your cooling costs by as much as 5% for every degree you increase your thermostat temperature, so turn on those fans!
5. Make Sure You Have Proper Insulation In Place
Your insulation serves a dual purpose. First, it protects your home’s interior from the temperature outside. Second, it helps keep your conditioned indoor air, inside. If your home’s insulation is insufficient—degraded from age, improperly placed, or just simply lacking — your indoor environment could be negatively impacted by the outdoor environment. Doug’s can evaluate your home’s insulation and make sure that you’re not losing money to an easily addressable issue.
Let Doug’s Help You Keep Costs Low & Comfort High!
For more great energy saving tips, call Doug’s at (985) 746-1116. This summer, spend less money on high cooling costs and more on summertime fun!