While other parts of the country begin gearing up for winter, by scheduling heating maintenance—an appointment you should get on your calendar soon too—among other tasks, most of us are still using our air conditioners on a daily basis. That being said, you’re likely sick of the warm weather and are probably tempted to set your thermostat as low as it will go to tolerate the heat.
Unfortunately, your air conditioner uses a lot of energy. In fact, it’s estimated that your HVAC systems account for half of all of your home’s energy use. Turning your thermostat down as low as it will go forces your AC to use even more undue energy, wearing down the system much faster. The good news is that there are methods in which you can keep yourself and your household occupants cool without using so much energy, and without sacrificing your comfort.