Energy costs continue to surge as fluctuations in seasonal temperatures get more extreme. Being able to adapt to inconsistent weather conditions is an unavoidable fact of life no matter where you live. As a result, drastic shifts in the climate can greatly impact how your air conditioner operates.
7 Tips for Improving the Efficiency Your A/C Unit
With summer steadfastly approaching it is essential that you properly maintain your air conditioning unit so that it can work efficiently, even under the strain of higher summer temperatures. Here is a quick DIY guide for keeping your A/C unit running efficiently, while also saving you money on your utility bill.
TIP #1 – It is important to periodically check your home’s exterior air conditioning unit to make sure that the housing is free of debris. It isn’t uncommon for things like tree branches, twigs and leaves to accumulate over the vents of your HVAC unit. First, turn off the unit. Then remove any debris covering the intake vents and trim back any shrubbery or overgrowth within several feet of the air conditioning unit. When there are obstructions, it prevents your a/c unit from working efficiently. This is a very simple task, but can make all the difference in the long run.
TIP #2 – Checking your air filters should be a routine exercise for homeowners and is recommended on a monthly basis. If you go too long without properly cleaning the air filter on your air conditioning unit, it can significantly slow down the air circulation in your home. This puts unneeded strain on your HVAC unit and can lead to more frequent service calls. Depending on what kind of air filter you have on your a/c unit, you’ll want to replace it from time to time to ensure that the air in your home is being properly filtered. Refer to the brand of air filter you currently have to see how frequently the manufacturer suggests you replace it.
TIP #3 – Shade is a lifesaver for a/c units. Under the sweltering summer sun, air conditioning units are really put to the test and can expend more energy keeping all of the components cool in hotter temperatures. Why make your unit work harder than it has to? Installing your air conditioning unit in a shaded area will offer some relief as well as installing a cover over the condenser unit will increase efficiency and may save you a few dollars on your electricity bill.
TIP #4 – Turn the thermostat up when you’re not at home or at times when your house isn’t active, like nighttime. Whether you have a preset thermostat or have to adjust it yourself, you can save up to 9% for every degree you raise the thermostat during hotter times of the year. This will not only save you money on your utility bill but will elongate the life of your a/c unit.
TIP #5 – Ceiling fans can be very useful in cutting down on energy costs. Ceiling fans can help to properly circulate cool air throughout the house. This is a very low-cost way to cool your home in conjunction with modestly running your air conditioning unit.
TIP #6 – Ventilating your attic may be as simple as installing an exhaust fan to help blow the hot attic air out to regulate the temperature in the attic. Your attic can become an oven during the summertime. This can drastically raise the temperature in your home and force you to run the air conditioning 24 hours a day just to keep it comfortable indoors. Having a properly ventilated attic can lower the interior temperature of your home by as much as 10%.
TIP #7 – Check for drafts or air leaks in your home. Leaving air leaks unrepaired can be a major waste of energy if your home isn’t properly sealed off. Air escaping under doors, through gaps in the windows or through the attic is all very common, especially in older homes. Nearly 35% of all cool air escapes from air leaks in the home. If there is an ever-increasing hike in your utility bill during the times when you’re running your A/C, it may be time to find out where exactly the cool air is going. Any professional HVAC company would immediately be able to assess how much cool air is escaping and then remedy the problem.
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