May 27 2016

South Carolina summers are hot, and your AC can be a notorious energy-gobbler. When spring arrives, we’re all ready for the warmer weather. The downside is how much it costs to keep your Hilton Head or Bluffton home cool and comfortable. On the upside, there are a few tricks you can use to keep utility bills low and your summer fun fund high.

1. Add A Dehumidifier

The more humid your home, the hotter it will feel. Adding a dehumidifier and using it with your ceiling fans can lower cooling costs substantially. Some homeowners are even able to set the thermostat higher than 78 degrees and still feel comfortable indoors.

2. Have Your Duct Work Checked For Leaks

Leaky ducts cost you money. You pay through more to keep your indoor air comfortably cool. Meanwhile, that cooled air could be escaping through cracks and holes in your duct work. Energy Star reports that leaky duct work can lower cooling efficiency by up to 20 percent. Sealing your ducts can also mean paying less when it’s time for an air conditioner replacement.

3. Install A Programmable Thermostat

You can save on cooling costs by turning the AC down when no one is home. Although some of us always remember to manually adjust the thermostat whenever we leave, many more of us forget. Why not get a programmable thermostat and let it do the job for you?

4. Call For Air Conditioner Maintenance

Your cooling system should get a tune-up every spring. Expecting it to crank out cool air day after day with no maintenance is a good way for your system to have a short life span.

5. Keep The Air Filter Clean

Replacing your air conditioner filter is a quick and easy job, and the benefits are worth it. A clean air filter will keep your AC healthy, increase cooling efficiency, optimize performance, reduce the chances that you’ll need air conditioning repair, improve indoor air quality and help your system live longer.

Want to learn more about keeping cool in your South Carolina home while spending less on energy costs? Check out our website or call us at (843) 548-4304.

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