9 Air Conditioner Tips to Save on Your Energy Bill
During the summer period, the average American family pays about 40% of their energy bill for air conditioning? These simple tips can help you significantly reduce those energy bills during the summer.
- Using the central A/C to cool only one room at a time just doesn’t make sense. Getting a portable air conditioner is a better solution, as modern portable units have a very high energy efficiency rating.
- Covering your windows with blinds or white window shades can reduce heat gain from direct sunlight by up to 50%. For the outside, hang bamboo shades or tightly woven screens; these can prevent up to 80& of the sun’s heat from getting in.
- Keep all windows closed during the day and open them for ventilation at night. You should also turn on the fan instead of the A/C unit.
- If you are using a mini-split air conditioner, make sure that the outside compressor is in the shade. But it requires room for air flow, so do not plant trees or bushes next to it.
- Clean your air conditioner filter on a monthly basis.
- Make sure the A/C unit is the right size for your room. A small unit may not cool your room as it should and a large unit will consume much more energy than necessary.
- If you use central air conditioning, seal all A/C ducts. Insulate ducts that run through rooms that don’t require cooling, such as the attic, basement, or garage.
- Replace your old air conditioner with a modern high efficiency unit. Older A/C systems have a SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) of only 6 or 7, while modern air conditioners offer SEER as high as 13. That means that it will consume almost 50% less energy.
- Cooking, dish-washing, and laundry generate a lot of heat. It’s better to perform these activities in the evening.
Practically everyone sets their A/C unit to the desired temperature and let it go automatically, but it will cost you. Excessive energy consumption is not environmentally friendly; these tips can help you save on your bills and reduce pollution in your area.