Energy bills can skyrocket in summer when we need our cooling systems the most. Running the air conditioner can really cost a lot to run when a heat wave hits. It doesn’t have to be that way; there are ways to enjoy a comfortable indoor environment without breaking the bank. Here are five ways that you can improve your cooling system efficiency and still be cool throughout the hotter months.

  1. Keep Your Equipment Area Tidy

Always try to keep the areas around any external air conditioning equipment clean and tidy. When the area is clean of dirt and debris,  and the undergrowth is cut back, the system will work better. Dirt, debris, and foliage can all impede airflow and clog up the system making it far less efficient.

  1. Clear Indoor Vents

The indoor vents in your home are used to distribute the treated air throughout the home. When the vents are blocked, this airflow is impeded, and the home will feel warmer. Of course, the system will still be working hard, and this additional strain could damage your equipment for no reason. Clear any items that may be blocking the vents, remove the covers and vacuum inside with an appropriate attachment. This will clear the vent of any dirt or debris and ensure that you get the best possible airflow to cool the home.

  1. Turn Up the Thermostat (Slightly)

At first glance, this may seem like crazy advice, but this a proven technique to lower energy bills and keep the home cool at the same time. Many of us are guilty of running our air conditioners at cold temperatures when it’s hot outside. This overcompensation isn’t really necessary, and it can put a lot of strain on your system when it’s working hardest. Play around with your thermostat, and you may be surprised that you feel entirely comfortable when the indoor temperature is only 5 degrees lower than outside.

  1. Keep the Thermostat Safe from Heat Sources

The thermostat is the brain of your entire system, and it can be fooled into working incorrectly. Most modern thermostats contain a thermometer sensor that will monitor the indoor temperature and adjust the AC to match the desired temperature. If that thermostat is affected by external heat sources, such as lamps, sunlight and electrical appliances, it can start to believe that the home is hotter than it really is. This will cause the system to work hard for no reason, introducing more wear and tear that could lead to a repair bill. The home will not be at the correct temperature, and the energy bills will increase.

  1. Keep it Shady

The rooms in your home can get very hot if you allow sunlight to stream in through the windows all day. The heat can still be there in the evening making your room feel hot and oppressive. Try to keep your curtains or blinds closed throughout the hottest parts of the day to cut the head down to a minimum. This will naturally keep rooms cooler, and they will need less energy to cool down when you turn on the air conditioner.