Not to overstate the obvious, but Las Vegas gets hot. The average temperature during the summer months ranges from 102 to 104 degrees, which means homes are constantly running the air conditioning just to keep up and keep the unbearable heat at bay. Fortunately, there are ways you can reduce the cost of your air conditioning and its related utility bills and still stay cool all year long.
Seal Cracks and Gaps
There could be cracks and gaps in your walls, around your windows, and around vents in your home that are allowing your cool air to escape. Make sure that you seal all of these to keep the system from working too hard.
Maintain Your Unit
Maintenance is the best way to reduce the cost of your air conditioning. When your system is in good working condition, it will work at maximum efficiency. That means you will pay the least amount per month, and you will have fewer risks of repair bills, too.
Keep the Temperature Higher
Turn up the temperature when you’re not home. Energy experts recommend around 78 degrees for maximum efficiency. Once you get home, you can lower it to cool things down more.
Turn Off the Lights
Lights generate heat. Try to avoid using them during the hottest parts of the day. If it’s sunny out, you should have plenty of natural light, anyway. Replace old lights with LEDs, too, for added savings.
Fans can do wonders to circulate air around the home. They cost a lot less to run than a central air system or window A/C unit, too, making them an economical addition. Ceiling fans are the best but portable fans are also a good option.
Don’t Cook if You Can Help It
When it’s hot, you should avoid cooking if you can. Or at least wait until the sun goes down and the house is cooler so that you aren’t competing with the heat outside. Stick with sandwiches, salads, and other fresh options.
Check Vents for Airflow
Is your furniture blocking vents? Are your vent covers dusty and blocking airflow? You need to make sure that all your vents are open, accessible, and clean so that they’re working at maximum efficiency.
Use Fresh Air at Night
As hot as it gets in the desert during the day, it gets equally cold at night. Turn your A/C unit up a bit and open some windows for fresh air. This also gives the system a break when it’s cool enough to do so.
Use Window Treatments
Window treatments like blinds and shades can block out a lot of heat and sunlight, helping to reduce how hard your air conditioner must work to keep your home cool. If you have shade outside or can plant some, you’ll also reduce energy costs that way.
Call AC Professionals
If you want a custom review of your home’s air conditioning and how to keep your costs down, contact the experts at Elite Heating and AC Repair. We can help you find ways to reduce your energy use and increase your savings.
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