When it comes to tightening the belt, your air conditioner is no exception. With energy costs being what they are today, we need to make sure that are homes are running as efficiently as possible. Applying these tips will help ensure that your air conditioner’s energy consumption is kept to a minimum.
If possible, be a speedy chef in the kitchen. Rather than using the oven, take advantage of a microwave. If your air conditioner is fighting to cool a room that your oven is heating, the result will always be a lose/lose situation.
Try setting your thermostat to 78 degrees when you’re home and 85 when you’re away. Doing so will save you 1-3% for ever degree over 72 degrees. Also, looking into springing for a programmable, ENERGY STAR® compliant thermostat. These can save you an additional 1-3%.
Replacing the filter on air conditioner can be the easiest thing you can do to conserve energy that would otherwise be wasted, while prolonging the life of your unit. Write the date on the new one before installation. This will help you keep track of when it’s time to install a new one.
Check for any air leaks around the house. Weather-strip and caulk leaky doors and windows and install foam gaskets behind outlet covers.
Taking advantage of ceiling fans will help move air through your house, keeping it cooler and allowing you to set the thermostat higher than you would otherwise.
Leaky ductwork can account for 25% of your cooling costs if left in disrepair. Having them tested and repaired by a qualified contractor can save you 10-20%.
If it’s time to replace your doors, windows, or air conditioner, choose an ENERGY STAR® compliant model. Doing so can save you 10% on your home energy consumption.
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