Clever Ways to Lower Your Air Conditioning Costs
When your home or office is too hot, it’s uncomfortable, can affect productivity, and can even be dangerous to your health. However, running the AC non-stop can be dangerous for your bank account. To save money on air conditioning and keep cool, consider the following tips.
6 Tips to Stay Cool and Save Money on Your AC
1. Get Solar Air Conditioning
Powering the AC with the local grid – especially in Hawaii – is costly. So, why not take advantage of Hawaii’s most abundant resource? (We’re talking about the Sun, of course.) When you switch to a solar-powered air conditioning unit, you’ll immediately benefit from the savings in your power bill.
2. Learn about Solar Tax Credits
Both the state of Hawaii and the federal government offer some tax credits and benefits based on the cost of equipment and installation for solar power. To save additional money on solar air conditioning, ask your accountant whether you could save money on your next tax filing.
3. Operate an Up-to-Date AC System
No matter what type of AC system you have, make sure you’re using a contemporary model. If your AC system is more than 15 to 20 years old, then you’re likely going to incur more costly repairs and spend more on your unit’s everyday energy use.
4. AC Maintenance
Even new air conditioning systems require regular maintenance. Not only will this save you the exorbitant expense of significant future repairs due to a lack of upkeep, but regular maintenance will also ensure your system continues operating as efficiently and inexpensively as possible.
5. Clean Ducts, Filters, and Vents
As your AC unit draws in air, it also pulls in dirt, dust, and other debris. Over time, this clogs filters, vents, and ducts. To minimize the energy needed to pull in air, check/change filters, and clean vents often.
6. Solar Screens and Additional Window Treatments
Solar window treatments like screens, blinds, shades, and tinting can significantly reduce interior solar heat gain. As a result, your AC system won’t work as hard and will use less energy.
Get Solar Air Conditioning for Your Kauai or Oahu Home or Business
At STI Solar, Roofing & Air Conditioning, our experts can help you select the perfect AC unit for your home or office while helping you navigate the process of installation, operation, maintenance, and upkeep. To learn more about saving money and cooling your home or office with solar air conditioning, we welcome you to contact either our Kauai or Oahu office for a free quote.