AS summer rages on, many of us are looking for ways to beat the heat without breaking the bank.
Luckily Tiktok is full of people sharing tips on how you can save some cash while cooling down.
Tiktok user FixItWithMitch uses his platform to help millennials like himself live the life of a homeowner without too much financial stress.
He recently posted a tip that he claims will help your house cool down faster at night while also lowering your energy usage.
The first step in FixItWithMitch’s technique is to wait until the point at night when it’s colder outside than it is inside.
Then he says to open all the windows that are near the AC unit.
Next is to go to the AC unit and turn on just the fan, which Mitch explains just blows air through the house as opposed to cooling it down with the AC unit.
This allows the central fan to suck in the now cooler air from the outside, as opposed to cooling down the already hot air in the house.
Mitch shows on his thermostat that the room went from 78 degrees down to 75 in just 15 minutes.
Mitch posted his video from Southern California, but as long as you’re living somewhere where the nights cool down, you should be able to give the trick a try for yourself and see similar results.
Comments on the video pointed out that this might not work as well in humid areas, but Mitch said that’s not normally an issue in his area.
Mitch also responded to a commenter to let them know that the thermostat he uses is the Ecobee Smart Thermostat
It is not necessary to use the same brand of thermostat in order for the trick to work.
Other AC tips to save cash
The US Department of Energy (DOE) reported that air conditioners use about 6% of all the electricity produced in the United States – that’s an annual cost of about $29billion to homeowners.
Another woman cut her energy bill in half just by cleaning her AC.
TikTok user Mrs_cantbebothered posted a video explaining that she realized she needed to clean her unit, and said her bill was reduced by nearly 50% after the maintenance work.
Kiley – who runs the account – was able to clean it herself, so she didn’t have to spend anything hiring a maintenance worker.
However, she did purchase a fin tool to carefully clean the unit without damaging anything.
After turning her unit off so she could safely work on it, she began cleaning off the dust and dirt that accumulated around her AC coil.
After getting most of the dust off the fins, Kiley then applied a foaming fin cleaner to the inside of the unit and rinsed it with water to eliminate more dirt.
Lastly, she reached into the unit and pulled out any sticks, leaves, or other debris that had fallen past the fan blades.
There are plenty of other tips currently available for those looking to save on energy from experts all over the web.
There are also ways to get an air conditioner even if you don’t think you have room in your budget for one right now.