Weather Talk: Tips to save money while using your A/C
The next four to five weeks are typically the hottest of the year in our region, so air conditioners will be running a lot of the time, which is expensive. Fortunately, our summers are relatively short.
People in Florida, Texas and Arizona pay much more per year to keep their homes cool in summer than we do to heat our homes in winter.
There are a few things you can do to reduce the cost of running an air conditioner. You can set the thermostat warmer when no one is home.
Another great tip is to use your curtains or blinds to eliminate any direct sunshine. The sun's rays are very good at heating up solid objects inside your sunny windows. The floor gets hot and that heat is transferred to the inside air, making your A/C work a lot harder.
Finally, use fans. Ceiling fans or any sort of fan that moves air around will make your room more comfortable at a higher temperature, and it costs a lot less to run a fan than your air conditioner.