Air conditioning tends to be our go-to saving grace during the hot, sticky months in Fort Worth, but it certainly doesn’t come cheap. According to data from the U.S. Department of Energy, about ⅔ of all American households have air conditioners and it costs about $11 billion annually for homeowners across the nation to power their air conditioners. Luckily, there are ways to be mindful and efficient about your air conditioning use, especially as we head into the summertime season.

At Ratterree Heat & Air in Fort Worth, Texas, we have a team of HVAC experts who have years of experience under their belts in regards to air conditioning services, ranging from installation to repair. If you’re in need of a specialist for an air conditioning service, contact us today.

In this blog post, we’ll go over 10 strategies you should keep in mind if you want to lower your air conditioning costs this summer.

1. Utilize your ceiling fan or other circulating fans.

Before you go to turn down your thermostat, try turning on any ceiling fans or other circulating fans in your home first. Fans can make you feel six to seven degrees cooler thanks to their wind-chilling effect, and they’re ultimately more energy efficient than running your air conditioning system.

Pro tip: Only turn on fans in the room you plan on being in. There’s really no point in cooling down a room you won’t be using, so save some extra bucks by being mindful of your energy usage.

2. Be mindful of when to turn on your air conditioning.

As mentioned above, you don’t want to be running your air conditioner if nobody is home or if you’re on a vacation. Be practical about when you need to turn on your air conditioning and rationalize the highest temperature you can set it at without being uncomfortable.

Fun fact: According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save up to 10 percent on your summer air conditioning bill by simply raising your home’s thermostat temperature when you’re not home or asleep.

3. Avoid activities that build up heat.

If possible, avoid doing activities in your home that will add heat to your already toasty home. For example, avoid cooking with your stove or oven, and only run your dishwasher if it’s completely full. You can also minimize your electronic use (i.e. watching television, running a computer) as these tasks can also generate unnecessary heat.

4. Close any curtains, shades or blinds.

This is an easy one: block out sunlight anyway you can by closing all of your windows’ curtains, blinds and shades. This simple strategy can reduce heat generation in your home by about 45 percent.

Pro tip: Consider investing in insulated or reflective shades, as these types of window covers are made to repel solar heat gain.

5. Keep hot air from entering your home.

Another simple strategy that proves effective: simply prevent the hot outside air from getting inside your home. Close any doors behind you and seal cracks and openings in your open that could be leaking in hot air.

6. Install a thermostat that you can control via your smartphone.

This is an efficient way to adjust the temperature of your thermostat with minimal effort on your part. Thermostats that can be connected to your smartphone allow you to change your thermostat — whether you’re home or not — at the click of a button.

This strategy is especially helpful if you find you can be forgetful about turning your air conditioning system on and off.

7. Replace your HVAC air filters.

The purpose of your home’s HVAC air filters is to keep your air conditioning system running properly by blocking dust from entering your vents and by regulating the air circulation in your home. When your filters are dirty, your HVAC system has to run harder to circulate the air properly, resulting in a build-up of heat.

Pro tip: Check on or replace your air filters each time the season changes, and more often than that if you have children or pets.

8. Strategically use your home’s windows.

Keep a window or two open during the day to circulate airflow and to prevent heat from being trapped inside your home, then open all of your home’s windows at night to replace any overheated indoor air.

9. Find the lower grounds in your home.

As we all learned in our grade school days, hot air rises. Try to avoid being on the second floor of your home on especially hot days, or seek shelter in your finished basement, if you have one.

10. Get your air conditioning system serviced and replace it, if necessary.

Proper air conditioning system maintenance is essential to saving money on your utility bills. Have your HVAC system checked out regularly by a professional, and ask your HVAC expert about energy efficient systems that will save you money in the long run.

Choose Ratterree Heat & Air For Your Air Conditioning Services

Our team at Ratterree Heat & Air in Fort Worth has years of experience servicing air conditioning systems. Whether your air conditioning unit broke down on you in the dead of the night or you’re looking to replace your outdated unit, we can assist you with your air conditioning needs.

Our family-owned business has been in the HVAC industry for more than four decades, and we pride ourselves on being personal, professional and punctual. Choose our HVAC professionals for your next air conditioning service. Call us today at (817) 246-1866 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment.