Without a doubt, keeping your home cool in the summer is one of your biggest expenses. Though central air conditioning units are generally much more efficient than window units, they still use a tremendous amount of energy. There are several simple ways to increase air conditioner efficiency without compromising comfort
- Change your air filters at least every three months. Nothing decreases your unit’s efficiency more than dirty filters. When the filters are dirty, the unit has to work harder, which uses more energy, drives your electric bill up and damages the unit.
- Keep debris cleared away from the vents and coils. Dead leaves, grass and dust accumulate on it and block the airflow that the unit needs to operate efficiently. Have it serviced at least once per year to ensure that there are no leaks. When freon leaks out of your system, it not only causes it to work harder, but also damages the ozone.
- Try to keep the thermostat set at 78 when you are home and turn it up to 80 when you leave. There is no need to keep the house cold if you are not there to enjoy it. This can save as much as twenty percent on your electric bill and will also increase air conditioner efficiency because it doesn’t have to work so hard.
- Do chores that raise the temperature in the house either early in the morning or late in the evening when the temperature outside is lower. Also, use the exhaust fan on the stove when you cook to pull the heat out of the house.
- Use ceiling fans to help circulate air and provide a breeze. Fans use much less energy than the air conditioner and the breeze keeps a room from feeling stuffy, even if the temperature is a degree or two higher.
- Use drapes, blinds or shutters on windows that face the sun. Natural light is great but it also heats up a room quickly. Even using window treatments that filter out part of the light helps tremendously. This also has the added advantage of keeping your rugs and furniture from fading.