How to Keep Cool In Summer Without Breaking the Bank

Are your AC bills out of control? Here in Charlotte, summers get hot hot HOT!There are few tactics you can employ to keep your home cooler and your wallet fuller, even if you can’t afford to buy a brand new AC system at the moment. (Need HVAC financing? MTB can help!)
Here are a few ways to keep cool this summer without breaking the bank on utilities.
Have Your AC Unit Serviced
How long has it been since you had a professional maintenance check of your HVAC system? If it’s been over a year, your unit might not be working as efficiently as you think it is. Regular HVAC inspections improve the performance of your system and can add years to the life of your machinery. A qualified professional will check coolant levels, inspect your ducts for clogs, and test to make sure your thermostat is communicating with the mechanical components effectively.
Raise the Thermostat
Did you know you can save hundreds of dollars a year just by raising your thermostat a degree or two? Estimates vary, but experts generally say you can save 3% or more on your energy bills for every one degree you change your regular thermostat settings. Away from home for 8+ hours every day? Investing in a programmable digital thermostat is one of the most effective ways to ensure your AC operates more efficiently, only cooling your home before or when you enter it.
Change Your Filter Often
Most people don’t change their HVAC filters often enough. It’s an easy task to forget, but when you’re using your system every single day, aim to change your filters monthly. Why? Because a clogged, dirty filter forces your system to work even harder to keep your home cool. Dirty filters also encourage mold growth and allergens to circulate throughout your home!
Use What You’ve Got
Your house is probably already equipped with some cooling devices! Ceiling fans should be set to run counterclockwise in summer, and only run when you’re in the room. An effective fan can make a room feel up to eight degrees cooler! Be sure to close all the blinds during the hottest part of the day to keep the sun from heating up your rooms, and keep all lights and appliances off as they can also generate heat.
Ready to get your AC unit in summer-shape? Give MTB Mechanical a call today to schedule your HVAC inspection and find out more about how you can stay cool in summertime.