February 2, 2015
We all want to be comfortable but want to save money too. These handy air conditioning tips will help you maximize your comfort and minimize your air conditioning expense!
- Check your filters often. Standard filters need to be replaced every 30 days. You may need to change them more often if you have multiple pets. A clogged filter reduces airflow into the system and reduces the output of cooled air. Restricted airflow also puts strain on the system, increasing the possibility of failure.
- Keep drapes and blinds closed to keep out direct sun.
- Supplement your air conditioning system with a dehumidifier. Drier air feels cooler. You may find you can set your thermostat much higher and still feel the same level of comfort if you reduce the humidity.
- Minimize use of heat producing appliances (ovens, dishwasher, dryers) during the peak heat of the day. Shower early or late in the day. Rely more on the microwave for cooking or better yet, grill outside!
- Consider adding to your landscaping. Planting shade trees near your home can greatly reduce the amount of heat gain on your roof.
- Install a programmable thermostat so that you can raise the temperature set point a few degrees while you’re away. Keep this within five degrees of your normal setting as more may be counterproductive, requiring additional energy to reduce the temperature back down to your original setting.
- Avoid placing lights, TV’s, computer equipment, or other heat producing appliances next to the thermostat. This will cause the thermostat read the room temperature higher than it should and run the air conditioning longer than necessary.
- Use ceiling fans to help circulate the air. While a ceiling fan won’t change the temperature, the moving air helps you feel cooler.
- Maintain your air conditioning system. Regular maintenance helps keep your system running at peak efficiency and will prolong the life of the equipment. The EnergyStar program recommends two services per year; one in spring to prepare for the cooling season and one in fall for the heating season.
- Consider upgrading to a new high efficiency system. Think you’re saving money by repairing that old unit? Maybe not. An older, lower SEER system may be costing you more to run and repair than a new system. Plus, newer technology provides better overall comfort and reliability.