In Texas, summer temperatures are heating up. If you’re like most people, you’re staying inside and thanking the person who invented central air conditioning. But, as the temperatures increase, you’ve probably noticed an increase in your energy costs, too. While air conditioning isn’t something you should go without, thankfully there are things you can do to save on your next energy bill.
Set The Temperature to 78 Degrees
The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 78 degrees during warmer months to maximize your energy efficiency. This small adjustment of seven to ten degrees can save you up to 10% on your electric costs each year.
Seal Cracks and Openings Around Doors and Windows
Even a gap as small as an 8th of an inch can let as much air escape as a 2.4 inch hole in the wall. Make sure you keep cold air inside by sealing any openings with weather stripping or caulk.
Switch Your Single-Pane Windows to Energy Star
Switching out your old single-pane windows for energy efficient ones can save you up to $465 each year. That’s because they are much better at keeping the cool air inside and the warm air outside.
Utilize Your Ceiling Fans
Keeping your ceiling fans running to circulate air will allow you to adjust your thermostat four degrees warmer without sacrificing any of your comfort. This will help you save on your energy costs and the cool air flow will keep you comfortable.
Invest in a Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats can help keep you cool while saving on your energy costs. They are intuitive enough to learn your family’s habits and they regulate temperature adjustments to match these preferences and save you money. Trane offers a variety of options, like the ComfortLink II XL1050 or the XL824, that will save you up to 3% of your total cooling costs for every degree you raise your thermostat above 72 degrees.
Switch to a New Unit
Upgrading your A/C is one of the best ways to save on your energy costs. Older units don’t run as efficiently, meaning you’re spending more to attain the same level of comfort. If you’ve had problems with your unit recently, or are simply fed up with paying high energy bills, our team can help. Whether you’re looking for something energy-efficient, like the Trane XV20i TruComfort, something quiet, like Trane’s XV18 TruComfort, or the best value, like the Trane XR14, our HVAC technicians can assist you in finding the best unit for your needs.
From preparing your unit for summer temps to helping you make your next investment, our team is here for you at Long AC. To learn more about how we can help you save on your energy bills, visit longac.com/contact or call (936) 756-5645.