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Easiest Ways to Keep Your AC Bill Down

Hot weather will return to Austin sooner than you think and although Texans enjoy the feel of the warm sun, they also appreciate that they can go inside to cool off when the heat becomes unbearable. Unfortunately, comfort comes at a price, and air conditioning costs can creep up quickly if you don’t know the tricks to keeping your bill low.

Luckily, it’s fairly effortless to reduce your cooling bill. Here are four easy-to-follow tips.

Change Your HVAC Filter

One of the easiest things you can do to ensure your AC unit is cooling properly is to replace your filter regularly. When dust and other particles accumulate on your HVAC filter, the AC unit must work harder to circulate air, and that can lead to a higher electricity bill.  Plan to change your filter once every three months.

Besides keeping the AC unit running more efficiently, regularly changing the filter will prevent damage to the HVAC unit. And it’s also a good idea to have a clean filter in place during the summer if anyone in your family suffers from allergies.

Program Your Thermostat or Invest in Smart Technology

Take the time to program your thermostat to adjust the temperature for the times when you’ll need cooling. It’s a waste of money to keep the temperature low throughout the day if you’ll be away from your home. This seems like common sense, but it’s reported that many homeowners neglect to program their thermostats.

It will take only a few minutes to figure out your schedule, but it will save energy and money in the long run.

A smart thermostat will do the work for you. It learns your household patterns and reacts accordingly. You’ll need to manually adjust it a first, but soon you’ll reap the energy-saving benefits of this device which can work on its own or be controlled remotely through your phone.

Use Fans to Help Your AC Work More Efficiently

Using fans in conjunction with your AC will help the air circulate in your home and will take some of the burden away from the AC unit. Whether you have ceiling fans or you position portable fans in strategic places in your home, the cool air coming from the AC unit will move more freely, and you’ll feel more comfortable while saving money.

Remember that to get the best results from your ceiling fan, the blades must move in a counterclockwise direction, which pushes the cool air downward. 

Cover Your Windows to Keep Direct Sunlight Out

You can feel how much warmer your house is when the sun shines directly through the window. To cool your space and allow the AC unit to work less, use shades, blinds, or curtains to block the heat of the sun. 

But to get even more heat-blocking action, consider using solar screens or shades on the outside of your windows. 

The U.S. Department of Energy recommends exterior solar shades or screens because they can significantly reduce heat and prevent UV damage. Plus, when you use exterior coverings, you don’t have to block your view. You’ll be able to spread natural light throughout your home, while avoiding the heat of direct sunlight.

If you’re considering exterior solar shading, retractable patio screens offer the most convenience. Retractable patio shades aren’t just for open-air patios and exterior “rooms.” They can be installed on the outside of your windows.

And with retractable shades – as compared to fixed screens – you have greater control of their use. You can easily move them up and down according to weather conditions. For even greater convenience, remote-controlled motorized patio screens can be adjusted from inside your home.

Motorized Patio Shades Can Keep You Cooler This Summer and Help Lower Your AC Costs

Shade Outdoor Living Systems is proud to offer MagnaTrack motorized screens. They’re not only excellent retractable porch screens, but can also be installed on the outside of your windows to keep the sun’s harmful rays and blistering heat from entering your home. Keep comfortable this summer and save on energy costs at the same time!
Shade Outdoor Living Systems can make you more comfortable in all of your living spaces, whether you’re inside your home or spending time on your deck or patio. To learn more about our MagnaTrack products, call us at 512-872-2880 or contact us via our website.

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