Saving Energy With Your Air Conditioner

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Most people have a high electric bill during the hot, summer months because they are always running their air conditioners. If you are frustrated by your high energy bills, there are a few ways that you can save energy when your air conditioners are running.

Have Your Unit Maintained Regularly

It is a good idea to have your air conditioning unit maintained each year at the start of the summer season. If you have trees that drop sap, leaves, or seeds on the unit, it can cause it to work harder than it needs to. Once all of this debris is cleaned out, it will run more efficiently. Also, you should have a professional check your ducts. You should also have your ducts and vents inspected to be sure that there is no dust or debris clogging them which will also cause the air conditioning unit to work harder than it should.

Turn the AC Down at Night

When you are sleeping at night, you don’t need it to be quite as cold as you do when you are awake. Also, it is cooler at night. When you turn the air conditioner down before you go to bed, you can save lots of money on your energy bill. Some units have a “sleep mode”, which will lower the system automatically on a timer.

Keep the Light Out

When your air conditioning unit is running during the day, you should keep the light off. Even a lamp can create heat, making the air conditioner work harder. Also, prevent the sunlight from coming in the home using blinds, shades, or drapes. Letting the sunlight come into the house can heat it up substantially, making the air conditioning unit work harder.

Turn Down the Air Conditioner When You are Not Home

turning down the thermostat“If you are planning to be out for the day, you should turn your AC up to 80 degrees.” comments Gregory Douglas of Paradise Air, a Las Vegas company specializing in AC Repair. “Since nobody is there, you don’t need to keep the air conditioner turned up. Before you leave, you should close the blinds, shades, or drapes.”

Turn on a Fan

When you have your air conditioner running, you should also run a fan. A fan will circulate the air around the room, so the system won’t need to pump out as much air.

Move the Furniture

If you have any furniture that is obstructing the air conditioning vents, you could end up cooling off the back of a chair rather than letting the air pump through the house. When the air conditioning unit is running, make sure that nothing is obstructing the vents.

The less work your air conditioner needs to do will result in a lower energy bill. If you follow the above tips, you should notice that the cost of cooling your house has gone down.


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