It’s important to keep your AC in peak condition and use all methods available to make its use energy efficient. Climate control accounts for about half of your home’s energy use, and carefully managing it can reduce your energy bills. All of the hot summer days and frequent energy use can make your energy bill skyrocket, even if you already have cheap electricity. We’ll share some tips to help you improve your AC’s efficiency.
Installing a programmable thermostat in your home can make climate control much more streamlined and energy efficient. No one wants to come home from work to a hot house, but leaving the AC on all day will jack up the cost of cooling. The solution is to install a programmable thermostat. These devices allow you to set the times of day you want your air conditioning or heat to run. They can tell the system to remain off while you are at work, but start cooling your home just before you get back home. They can also shut the system off at night, allowing you to take advantage of cooler night air outside. For the times you want the system to be off, set it just a few degrees above your preferred temperature. It may kick on while you’re away, but it is actually more cost effective than shutting it down entirely.
Like cars, ACs need a tune up. Tune ups should be conducted by professionally trained technicians in the spring, before things really heat up. Tune ups include cleaning the filters and condenser coils and recharging the refrigerant. Even after the tune up, you should clean the filters every month to ensure smooth operation. Check the condensers outside your home to make sure pollen from trees are not dirtying them up.
Closing blinds or curtains in your home to reflect back sunlight will keep the temperature lower in your home. Alternatively, you can have a special film applied to your windows to get all the natural light without the solar gain. Planting trees along the east, north, and west sides of your home will also shade your home from sunlight, reducing solar heat gain drastically.
Running your fans in conjunction with your AC can allow you to raise the thermostat a few degrees while keeping cool. Fans blowing on you cause the wind chill effect, which makes you feel cooler.
Upgrades and Maintenance
Upgrading the insulation in your home to R-49 will reduce the amount of heat build up in your attic, while adding better ventilation to your attic will cool it more effectively. Used together, you can really reduce the amount of heat entering your home via the attic. Seal up any air leaks in your AC’s ventilation ducts and around any doors or windows. Even small gaps can cost you big money because your climate controlled air is escaping while uncomfortable air comes in. This causes your equipment to work longer than necessary to cool your home.