Jun 16 2014

Staying cool and comfortable at home can be challenging when you’re trying to keep your monthly energy expenses under control, but you don’t have to suffer through the heat and humidity of a long summer in Auburn, AL, to rein in your cooling costs. A few small changes can allow your air conditioner to operate more efficiently, and that can pay off big when it comes to summer savings. These cost-effective tips can help you stay cool and dry without busting your budget:

Switch to Cooler Light Bulbs

Incandescent bulbs radiate a surprising amount of heat, so it makes sense to switch them off when not in use. An even cooler idea is to swap them out for compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. CFLs generate around 70 percent less heat than traditional light bulbs, and LEDs produce even less. The latest generation of these energy-saving bulbs cost significantly less than their earlier counterparts, and many models emit the kind of soft and flattering light that consumers prefer, as well.

Keep Air Filters Clean

A timely air filter replacement can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by up to 15 percent and save you the cost of an AC repair, too. When air flow is obstructed, airborne contaminants not only circulate through the air that you breathe but can damage critical components in your air conditioner. For optimal efficiency, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends changing your filter every month during the cooling season. An easy way to keep track of the task is to purchase a stack of filters and label them with the months of the year.

Automate Your Thermostat

Standard thermostats turn your air conditioner on or off based on a single temperature setting – whether you’re using the space or not. Programmable thermostats and control systems let you schedule your AC to maintain different temperatures for different times of the day. Simply by raising the thermostat settings a few degrees while you’re away, you can cut your cooling costs by 10 percent or more. Since you can program the device to lower the temperature again before you return home, you’ll save money without experiencing a loss of comfort.

Join the Maintenance Agreement Club

Regularly scheduled air conditioner maintenance is critical for energy-efficient performance. Your system will work better, last longer and need fewer repairs. At Watley Heating and Air Conditioning, our Maintenance Agreement Club offers you an easy and economical way to ensure that your cooling system gets the care it needs. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy a host of additional benefits, including discounts on parts and labor for repairs and emergency service.

Watley Heating & Air Conditioning has been providing high-quality products and cost-saving services to Auburn, AL, and the surrounding region since 1978. We’re proud of our reputation for excellence and we’re pleased to share tips that help lower your energy bills while raising your level of comfort. To learn more or to schedule service, contact Watley today.