Which of the two choices below best describes your feelings when you open your summer-time electricity bills?

  • “Are we buying stock or just paying our bill?”
  • “This seems about right.”

In the dead of summer here in the Twin Cities area, the pendulum often swings towards option “A” above – especially for families with older AC systems. But it doesn’t have to be that way.  Not when you start practicing these energy savings tips:

  • Run your ceiling fans in reverse. In their summer mode, ceiling fans should be drawing cool air upwards since cool air falls while hot air rises.  That act alone will allow you to raise your thermostat a degree or two with no loss of comfort.
  • Consider installing a whole-house attic fan. Turn off your central AC system when outdoor temps become cooler than what you’re experiencing indoors.    That alone can save you hundreds of dollars each year on your electricity bill, even counting the electricity used by the attic fan.
  • Keep your shades and curtains drawn during the hottest times of day, especially those covering sun-facing windows.
  • Run your appliances during the early morning or late evening hours. That way, they’re less likely to keep your AC working overtime to deal with the added heat load.
  • Consider installing a whole-house dehumidifier if you start to feel cool but clammy indoors. That typically happens with older AC systems that still have plenty of cooling power but just can’t remove humidity like they once could.

Another great way to save energy and money is to have your AC system professionally cleaned and inspected every year.  Here at Furnace Doctors, our preventative maintenance service is highly detailed and designed to achieve multiple goals.  In addition to helping lower your energy costs, you also can look forward to fewer repair issues, cleaner indoor air, and a longer system lifespan.

Has it been a year or longer since your system was last professionally cleaned and inspected?  If so, we invite you to contact Furnace Doctors today to schedule service.