With this extended heat wave, you are more than likely having the air conditioner on full blast, and that means those electric bills are on the rise.
With hot and humid conditions and temperatures likely to get warmer this week it is not easy to keep your house cool.
Wes Engbrecht, Public Relations for Capital Electric, says, “It takes a lot of energy to cool your house.”
Air conditioners are practically running nonstop with this heat.
Berdene Ivesdale, Dakota Four Seasons Heat and Cooling, says, “Since last Friday at 12 noon I’ve had 45 calls.” “I think that’s a lot. Is that more than last year?” “Oh yeah cause it
never gets this warm.”
Ivesdale says that the air conditioners are freezing up due to higher humidity on some days.
The best thing to do is shut it off and wait until it thaws out.
She also says when it’s humid out it takes a lot longer to keep your house cool.
Ivesdale says, “Leave it at one setting between 72-73 degrees, 74 is usually what we say and just leave it at that temperature, it’ll kick in and out, it should, and if it’s not cooling you’re possibly low on freon.”
The heat outside can be directly related to how high your electric bills go up. When its hotter out, the harder the air conditioner works, and there’s a few ways to keep it cool.
Ivesdale says, “Keep your blinds closed, all your doors and windows closed, don’t have a window cracked open a little bit because you’re going to be bringing in the outside air.”
Besides curtain and blinds, there’s another way to keep the sun out.
“Window tinting would be great, anything would keep more shade in the home and definitely keep your shades or blinds closed,” says Engbrecht.
If you have big trees around your house, you’re probably lucky since the air won’t be running as often.
Engbrecht also says to keep from turning on the oven and other big appliances.