May is halfway over, and June is looming, along with the rising temperatures that go along with summer. If you have had a more challenging year financially, you are probably looking for ways to save money everywhere you turn, especially when it comes to your home. With summer on the horizon, here are some tips to help you save money on air conditioning costs. Whether or not your wallet is feeling tighter, these tips will help make your air conditioner more efficient in the long run.

1. Use Mother Nature and plant some trees or shrubs.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if you shade your air conditioning unit, it will work about 10% more efficiently. So go green and stay cool!

2. Curtains can help!

It’s always said during wintertime that you lose a lot of heat through your windows. Well, a lot of heat tries to enter through your windows in the summertime. If your windows have curtains, they can help shield the inside of your home from the sun’s rays (and heat).

3. Keep the temperature up.

Setting your thermostat around 78 degrees Fahrenheit will also save you energy costs. This easy one will save you about 10% off your bill.

4. Use those fans!

Ceiling fans are meant to be used! Turn those on and let them do their job of circulating the cooler air through your home.

5. Keep your unit maintained.

An AC unit must sit on level ground to be more efficient. A less efficient AC can result in a higher electric bill when it comes to faulty equipment. Hire a professional to clean out the filter and ensure it is level.

6. Get a new, more energy-efficient unit.

This tip has a higher upfront cost, but it will save you money in the long run. Air conditioning units from decades ago are probably not working as efficiently as newer models.

Don’t be caught without proper cooling this summer! If you are concerned about the health of your commercial or residential HVAC system, give Shakley Mechanical a call at 419-281-6909! We provide HVAC maintenance services in the Mansfield and Ashland areas and surrounding communities.