The Charleston area can be unbearably warm and humid during the summer. In fact, the average temperature hovers around 90 degrees, so it’s no wonder that local residents rely heavily on their air conditioning system. Fortunately, there are a few tips you can utilize to keep your home cool without racking up an exorbitant electric bill.

Minor Summertime Changes

Do you leave your blinds open during the hottest part of the day? If you start closing them, you can reduce your electric bill by up to 15 percent. It’s also wise to use ceiling fans to help circulate the cool air that air conditioning generates. Another simple and effective way to get more out of your air conditioner for less is to make sure you’re wearing clothes that breathe. When you get home from work, change into your most comfortable and cool clothes.

Preventative Air Conditioning Maintenance

The next critical step for reducing your energy costs is to ensure that your air conditioner is inspected annually. This will help catch minor issues before they turn into expensive repairs, and it will also provide better air flow. As a result, you’ll be able to cool off your home without over working your air conditioner.

Change the Thermostat Setting as Needed

Set the thermostat to the temperature you’re most comfortable at. Then, adjust it by one or two degrees warmer. If you’re dressed for the weather, this shouldn’t be a noticeable or inconvenient change, but it will help you conserve energy.

Have you scheduled your summertime preventative air conditioning maintenance? Find out more about how much this can cut your energy bill by calling us today.