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How to Save Money on AC During Summer

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to save money on AC this summer without sacrificing comfort or energy efficiency. Here are ten simple tips for keeping you

Temperature Setting

The key to saving money on your AC is to keep your house at a comfortable temperature. If you set it too high, it will still be cold but cost more money. If you set it too low, the house will be chilly and uncomfortable—and again, cost more money! So what's the sweet spot? We recommend a temperature between 72 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit (22-25 Celsius).

Fans & Ceiling Fan Direction

  • Use ceiling fans to circulate air.
  • Reverse ceiling fans when the heat rises.
  • Use a fan in conjunction with your AC.
  • Don't use fans when you're sleeping, cooking or watching TV (if there's no other way to cool down).

Maintain Your Unit

Maintaining your AC unit is important so that it can continue to operate efficiently. A few things to check include:

  • Check the filters of your system. Often, they need replacing because they get clogged with dirt or mold. If you don't replace them, the air flow will be restricted and it will be harder for your unit to cool down the house.
  • Check the coils at least once a month. You want to make sure there isn't any debris on or around them that could hinder their function or cause corrosion over time (which can lead to more expensive repairs).
  • Make sure that your refrigerant levels are correct by using a refrigerant leak detector (you can buy one at any hardware store). Too much or too little refrigerant in comparison with what's recommended by the manufacturer could damage your compressor beyond repair—or worse yet, cause carbon monoxide poisoning!

Cover Windows

There are a number of ways to keep the heat out of your house.

  • Cover Windows

The single best way to save money on air conditioning is to block the sun from entering your home in the first place. That means covering any windows with heavy curtains, blinds, or even awnings. If you already have window coverings installed in your home, make sure they are not letting too much light through or letting warm air escape at night when it's cooler outside than inside (this can happen if there's a hidden gap between the bottom of your blinds and flooring).

  • Window Film

If you don't want to go through the trouble of changing up all of your window treatments and want something quick and easy that doesn't require any maintenance after installation then consider using window tinting film instead. This kind of tinting can be applied directly onto glass without leaving any residue behind when removed so if you move somewhere else down the road all you'd have left would be some black marks where it used too stick onto itself rather than being stuck permanently onto whatever surface it was applied too

Use a Programmable Thermostat

One of the best ways to save money on AC is using a programmable thermostat. This device can be set to turn your air conditioning off when you’re not at home and then turn it back on when you return, or even just before bedtime. You can also set the temperature for different times of day so that it will be cooler during the daytime and warmer in the evening hours when there are fewer people around to use up all of that energy cooling empty rooms. The bottom line is: programmable thermostats allow you more control over how much energy your system uses while making sure nothing gets too hot or cold, which saves both money and comfort!

Keep the Room Cool

  • Keep the Room Cool

There are many ways you can use shades, blinds and curtains to block direct sun from entering your home. Window AC units typically have a thermostat that is set to keep the temperature at 78 degrees F and above, so if you're using an AC unit of any kind, it's best to keep all windows closed when it's on. When the AC is off in your home, open up those windows! This will allow for natural ventilation which helps cool down rooms and allows for cooler air to enter into your house during the summer months.

  • Close Off Rooms That are Not Used
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Closing off rooms that aren't being used will help save energy costs as well as money spent on air conditioning costs while keeping your home comfortable at night time or during hot afternoons when no one is awake anyway—or even awake yet!

Use Drapes Effectively

Your drapes can help you save money on your AC bill.

Here are some ways:

  • Take advantage of the window treatment's ability to reduce sunlight exposure by covering your windows with drapes. This will also help you reduce heat as well, which is a great way to save money on air conditioning bills during summer.
  • Use drapes that can reflect heat and glare from sunlight, reducing the amount of time that you have to run the air conditioner in order to keep cool. Drapes can also provide privacy when needed so that your house doesn't look like it's being invaded by strangers every time someone walks past one of your windows!

Reduce Sunlight Exposure

In addition to the traditional savings techniques outlined above, there are some other ways you can reduce the amount of sunlight coming in through your windows. These include:

  • Curtains: By hanging curtains on your windows during the summer, you can block out most of the sun's rays and create a darker room. This is especially helpful if you have large windows that let in lots of sunlight before noon. If your curtains are thin or see-through, consider getting blackout curtains for maximum effectiveness.
  • Blinds: Blinds can be used in conjunction with curtains to make a room even darker than it would be otherwise. They're also useful for blocking out evening light when people are sleeping or trying to relax at night—a common problem in apartments where neighbors' lights shine through bedroom windows late into the evening

lower your AC bill this summer.

Summer is a time when everyone wants to be comfortable, and no one wants to spend more money than they have to. If you're looking for ways to save money on AC this summer, then you've come to the right place.

There are many ways that you can lower your AC bill this summer. Here are some easy tips:

  • Turn off the lights in rooms that aren't being used
  • Close windows and blinds during the day if there's nothing blocking them from being closed or opened up again
  • Use fans instead of air conditioning units whenever possible


Now you know how to save money on AC during summer.

Don’t forget that you can always contact your local HVAC company for more information and help with your unit!


This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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