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7 Air Conditioning Tips to Help Improve Efficiency and Lower Costs

Posted on AC Tips, Money Saving Tips, Tips September 10, 2018

improve ac efficiencyGrowing up did you ever hear your parents shout “close the door. “I’m not cooling the neighborhood”? The reason they might have sounded so serious is that heating and cooling take up over half of your utility expenses. This makes air conditioning part of the largest expense for your home.

If you want to save a little money on your power bill, (who doesn’t?) here are 7 ways you can improve the efficiency of your air conditioning.

1. Clean Around the Unit

Your unit will work better if it’s clean and clear of any debris at least twice a year. Before you start, turn off the power to the unit at the breaker/fuse box.

Remove any large branches and other large objects and then hose it down. For a really thorough cleaning, you should call a professional in.

2. Up your Thermostat

If you turn your thermostat up by about 5-8 degrees in the winter and down in the summer, you can actually save money.

If you have a programmable thermostat you can automatically do this for different times a day where you will be gone for several hours.

3. Keep Heat Producing Appliances Away from it

Keeping a lamp or other hot appliance near the thermostat will tell it that your home needs to be cooled down more.

You should keep these appliances away from it. This will keep your thermostat from running longer and working harder.

4. Keep the Curtains and Blinds Closed

During the hottest points of the day, the sun will shine through your window and heat your home.

If you keep the blinds and curtains closed, this will prevent that from happening and keep your thermostat from working too hard.

5. Clear Your Drain Line

There is a drain by your indoor cooling coil. If you flush a cup of chlorine bleach down the air conditioning drain and then follow it up with a gallon of water you can keep it clear throughout the summer.

6. Change Your Filter

Make sure to follow manufacturer guidelines on when to change your air filter to keep it running smoothly.

If it goes unchanged for too long it will build up excess dirt and grime which will reduce your air flow and slow the unit down. As it worsens in quality, it has to work harder which decreases its lifespan.

7. Insolate Exposed Ductwork

Always make sure that any ductwork that runs through an unconditioned space is properly sealed so it doesn’t leak any of your conditioned air.

You can fix visual leaks no problem with a bit of duct-sealing tape but you should also have a professional give you a second opinion when they come to do maintenance.

Improve the Efficiency of Your Air Conditioning, and Save Money

By improving the efficiency of your air conditioning unit you also save money on your power bill. Make sure your until is clean and clear of debris. You can also keep it or your home from getting too hot and that can help it not work as hard. We all have to save money where we can.

If you’re in the need of a new unit or need yours repaired we have you covered. Contact us for more information today.

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