Energy Saving Tips For Your Home Air Conditioning
To make sure your home air conditioning unit works properly it is essential to perform a few maintenance tasks around the house. These tips are rather easy to follow and don’t cost much, if any additional money, yet each tip is capable of saving you hundreds of dollars every year. Energy costs have risen throughout the country over the last several years, so by utilizing these different steps and tips, you can greatly cut the amount of power your home air conditioning unit uses.
Programmable or Smart Thermostat
Program your thermostat to work less while you’re away (high temp in the summer, lower in the winter). You don’t need the air conditioning unit to run at full capacity while away from home, but you don’t want to turn it off completely. By turning it off the AC has to work extra hard upon your return, which increases energy consumption. By properly using your programmable thermostat it is possible to significantly cut energy consumption in your home.
Smart thermostats take this a step further by adapting to your needs. These devices can even detect when people are in the house and adjust the temperature accordingly.
Identify Cracks and Drafts and Check Insulation
Look for any possible cracks or openings around the house. The most common areas to look are around doors and windows. Often the bottom of a door is not flush with the floor, leaving a small crack, allowing air from the outside to enter into the home and the cool air from inside your house to escape. You can purchase small fittings that attach to the bottom of the door to correct these issues as well as fill in the gaps around windows.
Also, be sure that your home is properly insulated. The right insulation between walls and in the attic can reduce the loss of cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter.
The more air-tight your home is, the less air is going to escape, resulting in less energy consumption (if you’re considering a home upgrade, adding new windows is a viable option as upgraded windows will reduce energy loss as well).
Regularly change out the filter of the commercial air conditioning unit. It is easy to forget about the filter, but over time it does collect dust and other debris, reducing its effectiveness. This also prevents the dust from entering the air system of your home, which prevents allergies and other health issues.
In general, it is important to swap out your AC filter every two to three months. There are also upgraded HEPA filters if you suffer from allergies, smoke in the house or have pets.
Save Money, Save Energy
It doesn’t take much to cut down on your AC’s energy consumption. By doing this, you’ll cut down on what you spend throughout the year as well. On top of these tips, it is also recommended to give your local HVAC service provider a call and have your entire system inspected annually. This helps restore general wear and tear, clean out the vents, all while improving your level of enjoyment within the house.