As summer approaches, it’s good to be prepared to see your cooling bill skyrocket.
According to the Portland Press Herald, Maine residents could see electric bills jump by 60 percent.
But Maine homeowners can control costs and stay cool by being more thoughtful about their air conditioning. Considering the high price of electricity these days, the savings could be substantial.
Here are a few tips to reign in high air conditioning bills without compromising comfort.
Upgrade to a programmable thermostat
In Maine, you can get a $200 rebate on installing a SMART thermostat, which can help save heating and air conditioning costs through more efficient control. By installing a SMART or wifi connected thermostat, you can control your home’s cooling virtually, allowing the house to be warm when you are not home.
These thermostats will lower your bill. A SMART thermostat can reduce your AC costs by 8 percent.
The contractors at HVAC 911 Maine can help you install a programmable thermostat and help you save.
Use ceiling fans
Ceiling fans are a great way to circulate cool air, so your air conditioner does not have to work as hard. They can also help your house feel more comfortable. Moving air helps evaporate your skin’s sweat, making you feel cooler.
Cover your windows
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, about 76 percent of the sunlight on windows enters as heat. Solar screens or window films provide an easy and affordable way to block sunlight and prevent rising indoor temperatures.
Once installed on the outside windows, it is essential to keep them shut. When the sunlight is blocked, your air conditioning does not have to work as hard.
Have your AC serviced by an HVAC 911 Maine contractor
An inefficient air conditioner substantially raises your electricity bill in the summer. Having your AC serviced annually by an HVAC 911 Maine contractor will improve its efficiency and save you money.
Our contractors can clean clogged or dirty filters to improve circulation. They can clean the coils in the evaporator and remove dirt, dust and leaves, so the air conditioner does not have to work as hard.
Upgrade your air conditioning system
Replacing an old air conditioner for a new Energy Star-qualified unit can reduce electricity costs. You can easily save hundreds of dollars annually by upgrading a new system. A new AC unit essentially pays for itself after a season or two.
Efficiency Maine offers low-interest home energy loans for energy upgrades, including a new air conditioner. Maine homeowners can borrow up to $15,000 over ten years with no fees and a 4.99 percent annual percentage rate.
Talk to a contractor at HVAC 911 Maine about upgrading your AC unit. It is a great way to control cooling costs while improving the comfort of your home.
Need AC service or help to install a new unit? Call HVAC 911 Maine
If you need to have your AC unit serviced or inspected (we recommend doing this every year), call HVAC 911 Maine. Our contractors can ensure your system is running at optimal performance to lower costs.
Our contractors can also help you install a new AC system for even better savings.
HVAC 911 Maine contractors employ the best-trained techs in the state, who are fully vetted, drug tested, insured and bonded. Call HVAC 911 Maine for a trusted HVAC specialist today!