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Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency of Your A/C System

Posted on The Cooler Blog April 25, 2013 by Terry Jones

Utility bills can take a large chuck out of your monthly budget, but don’t waste time in figuring out which of your home’s conveniences consume the most energy. Energy consumption makes up for about 54% of an average utility bill. Take some steps to conserve energy and improve energy efficiency, such as:

Choosing a Quality Air Filter
Do not buy the cheapest air filter. Its purpose is to prevent debris particles from entering your air conditioner, so test it to see how effectively it performs.

  • Hold the filter over a white sheet of paper.
  • Sprinkle black pepper on it.
  • See if pepper lands on the white paper.

Routine Maintenance by a Professional
The evaporator and condenser coils require annual cleaning, and refrigerant levels will need topping off. Your AYC technician can extend the life of your equipment significantly by performing inspections and routine maintenance on all moving parts. A check of your duct work can detect leaks that waste energy.

Ceiling Fans as Attractive Accents
Your décor dictates the style of the ceiling fan, and there are many models that match almost any decorating style. They cannot produce cool air, but they help cool a room by moving the air around and reducing the energy load on your A/C. The cost of a professional tune-up can pay for itself in energy savings.

Take a Reasonable Approach to Temperature Settings
A programmable thermostat can do many things to help control energy consumption. Settings are available to match the way your family lives. There isn’t any need to cool / heat your house no one is home, but it should be comfortable for your pets. Setting the temperature controls are a matter of personal preference, but experts recommend the thermostat setting at 78°F in summer and 68°F in winter.

Adapting Interior and Exterior Spaces to Save Energy
Window drapery can make a difference in your energy consumption. Use them to keep out cold drafts in the winter and hot sunrays during the summer. Make sure the drapes do not cover the air vents. Give the outside compressor room to breathe. Remove weeds or shrubbery to give it a border of at least two feet on all sides.

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