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Six Ways to Save Money on Air Conditioner Bills This Summer

Here are six money-saving tips to use on your air conditioning bill in Sacramento this Summer:

  1. Optimize Thermostat Settings:
    • Set your thermostat to a higher temperature when you’re not home or during the night. A smart or programmable thermostat can automate these adjustments, ensuring energy isn’t wasted. Setting the temperature higher when you’re not home is a no-brainer and ensures you’re not paying for temperatures you’re not using.
  2. Improve Home Insulation:
    • Properly insulate your home to prevent cool air from escaping. Seal windows, doors, and any gaps. Use weather stripping and caulking as needed. You can schedule a home energy audit with one of our comfort consultants to look at your insulation directly by giving us a call! There’s more information on Clarke & Rush Mechanical’s insulation services here.
  3. Use Fans and Ventilation:
    • Utilize ceiling fans, box fans, or whole-house fans to help circulate cool air more efficiently. If you live in a two story home you can turn the fan on upstairs and open the windows below to cool things efficiently. Fans can make a room feel cooler without significantly increasing your energy bill or adding stress to your already overworked HVAC equipment. Remember to close windows and doors during the middle of the day and only use this strategy in the early morning and late evening.
  4. Maintain Your AC Unit:
    • Regularly clean or replace air filters to ensure your AC unit runs efficiently. You should realistically check your air filters every month for debris, replacing every three months or as recommended. Schedule annual maintenance checks to address any issues before they become costly problems. You can also order your filter straight to your home and set it up so it automatically delivers on-time right here.
  5. Shade and Block Heat:
    • Use blinds, curtains, or shades to block direct sunlight, especially during peak heat hours. Planting trees or installing awnings can also provide natural shade and reduce heat gain. A great way to prevent the sun from hitting your home directly is with an exterior solar shade. There are a number available on the market ranging from simple triangular lengths of cloth to full-scale shades like this one.
  6. Upgrade to Energy-Efficient Systems:
    • Consider investing in an energy-efficient air conditioning unit if your current one is outdated. Look for units with a high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating. Rebates or incentives might be available for such upgrades. A professional comfort consultant will help you accurately assess your risks and needs so you can save money. Consider hiring a professional who can develop a personal energy saving plan for you and your family. Beyond that, you should consider signing up for Clarke & Rush Mechanical’s Energy Saving Program. 

By implementing these strategies, you can significantly reduce your air conditioning costs while staying cool during the hot Sacramento summers.

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