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July 15, 2019
When summertime temperatures rise it’s not unusual to see your energy bills go up, too! Keeping comfortable without increasing your costs isn’t difficult with these seven tips for saving money on your AC. These tips include some that you can tackle on your own and others that may require some help from the cooling pros at DeHart Air Conditioning.
Keep the Sun Out!
The summer sun shining in through windows can add heat through the effect of solar gain. When your home is warmed by the sun, your AC needs to work harder to cool everything down. You can lower solar gain and keep your home cooler overall by strategically closing curtains and shades. Another approach is to add effective shade on the outside of your home. Plant vegetation like trees and shrubs that can shade the south side of your Chickasha OK home. Many people also opt for sun shades or awnings that can block the warming rays but allow indirect light inside.ff
Turn on the Ceiling Fans
Most people don’t realize just how smart our ancestors were in installing ceiling fans. Moving the air can make it feel like it’s 5-7 degrees cooler than the actual temperature. Gentle air flow can make a stuffy room feel cooler and more comfortable. The money-saving bonus is that you can adjust your thermostat up 5 degrees and achieve the same comfort with less money, since running ceiling fans requires less power than running the central air.
Be Smart About Appliance Use
Most appliances in your home create their own little heat zones. Beyond the obvious oven, dryer and dishwasher, other electronic devices and computers can also generate added heat. This appliance heat can build up during the day and make your central AC work harder during peak daylight hours. If you shift some tasks, like baking, laundry and showers, to evening or early morning, you can minimize the effect of the appliance heat produced.
Schedule a Maintenance Check-up
If your energy bill is escalating but your still not feeling cool, it’s a good idea to schedule a routine AC maintenance appointment. The cooling pros at DeHart Air Conditioning can do a complete review of your central air’s systems, as well as make sure that filters are fresh and your thermostat is programmed properly.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
Upgrading your old thermostat for a new programmable AC control can really make a difference in energy consumption. Our AC team can recommend a thermostat that’s easy to program and will adjust your cooling to maximize savings and comfort. If you’re not sure how thermostat programming can help you save, our experienced technicians can help you set up an energy-saving program on your thermostat.
Add a Ductless Mini-split Heat Pump
If you’re cranking up the AC to cool one particularly warm room, it could be time to consider adding a ductless mini-split heat pump to your Chickasha OK home. DeHArt Air Conditioning recommend the energy-efficient Mitsubishi Electric ductless mini-split for effortless cooling (and heating) without the expense of bulky ductwork. A mini-split consists of two units, an outside heat pump and an inside air handler, which is controlled with the touch of a button. They’re easy to install and provide specific cooling for bedrooms, additions or anywhere it’s needed.
Update Your Central Air
If your central air conditioning is older than 10 years, it may be time to consider upgrading your cooling. Today’s AC options are extremely energy efficient and your AC expert at DeHArt Air Conditioning can help determine the most cost effective solution to an aging central air system. Some signs that it may be time to upgrade include:
Repeated service calls, with repairs costing more than 25% of a new system
Escalating energy costs
AC doesn’t seem to cool the way it should
There are several options to consider for air conditioning replacement. DeHart Air Conditioning offers a selection of high efficiency conventional cooling systems. They’re also experienced installers of geothermal heat pumps, a proven technology that uses the earth’s heat to both heat and cool your home.
What our customers are saying
We wanted to say 'thank you' for your great service! The new geothermal unit is working well and in fact is working better than our original ever did. We cannot express our appreciation enough. Thank you also for the extra time spent in completing paperwork for our OEC Rebate.
David and Kami Ratcliff