In 2019, the average monthly energy bill in New Jersey was $102.38, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That figure has only increased since many residents spent significantly more time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to greater usage and higher energy bills.
Now, as we head into the summer of 2021, many renters and homeowners are having the age-old debate about how soon is too soon to turn the air conditioning on in light of these energy bill increases. While saving money each month is preferred, most of us don’t want to exchange comfort for savings. With these tips, you may be able to keep your air-conditioning-related energy costs down while staying cool inside.
Become Best Friends with Your Ceiling Fan
According to the United States Department of Energy, the most effective type of fan for keeping you cool in the summer is the ceiling fan, because its circulation creates a draft in the room. By using ceiling fans, you can actually keep the room feeling as cool as if you have lowered the thermostat by a few degrees. Plus, fans aren’t intended to keep the room cool, but rather those in it. This is good news because it means you only have to run fans in the room you are currently in.
Don’t have any ceiling fans? Consider installing one. Yes, they require electric to run, but they use fewer kilowatts than your air conditioning system. The Ben’s ProServ electrical team will gladly come install some for you!
Replace Your Air Filter Regularly
Often a forgotten or deprioritized task, replacing the air filters in your home regularly can extend the life of the unit, the quality of air in your home and reduce your energy bills. It is best to change the air filter(s) every two to three months to maximize efficiency and air quality, and it’s important to know how to replace it correctly. When filters are installed incorrectly, the unit has to work harder to do its job, increasing the cost of energy bills. If you could use some help, give us a call.
Keep Your AC Units Properly Maintained
Not only does preventative maintenance reduce the risk of needing costly repairs; it also ensures that your system runs efficiently. Much like getting your car’s oil changed regularly to avoid potential breakdowns or other issues, your AC unit needs to be properly maintained. In fact, because preventative maintenance keeps your unit running efficiently, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates savings of 30% on your energy costs. And this part is easy! All you have to do is let a professional check out your HVAC units once or twice a year.
As temperatures gradually increase, the number on your energy bills tends to follow suit. The tips above will help you save money while staying while staying cool inside, even on the most sweltering days this summer.
Shop Energy-Efficient HVAC Units
When you think of energy-efficient air conditioning units, think “green.” Green represents the money you can save and the environmental impact you’ll make. Units that wear the Energy Star label are an investment worth making if you’re looking to save money on your monthly energy bills without sacrificing indoor comfort. These energy-efficient units can cut your cooling costs by up to 30%. Beyond that, they’re great for the environment! The less energy used, the less pollution created and resources used. It’s a win-win!
If you have any questions, or would like a Ben’s ProServ professional to check your AC unit, call 856-347-3588 or visit BesttoCallBen.com.