Save Money on A/C Costs

Looking to save money on air conditioning costs this summer? If so, there are a few tips that consumers can follow to help reduce the cost of running their A/C units this summer. For example, keeping the A/C unit in a shaded area helps prevent from lost efficiency caused by direct sunlight. Also, keeping doors and windows, as well as shades and blinds, closed helps to prevent sunlight from entering the room, or the cold air from escaping. This can help reduce waste, which in turn means lower costs for the consumer.

Also, a recent article from Market Watch suggests ensuring that your A/C unit is functioning properly to reduce costs:

Regular maintenance can extend the life of your unit and make it run more efficiently, ultimately saving you money. The most important thing to remember is to change air filters regularly. At least every three months, but during air-conditioning season, you may want to check it monthly. If it looks dirty, change it. A dirty filter may mean the unit has to work harder to pump air into your home. Replacing a clogged filter could decrease your AC’s energy consumption by 5-15%, according to the Energy Department’s website.

While running an A/C unit is obviously costly, following tips such as these will help to reduce the economic burden these units place on consumers. Consumers who are concerned about energy costs this summer should also be on the lookout for further ways in which to make their home energy use more cost efficient.

Read More- “How to Cut Your Summer Energy Bills” (Jeanette Pavini, MarketWatch)

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A rising senior at Colgate University, John is currently working as a research fellow with Consumers' Research.

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