Your air conditioner can be a big unpredictable cost based in the weather. Make sure to check your AC units power rating. The power rating is the label that will be on the condensing unit. It will tell you how much power it uses under perfect conditions. There are several factors that affect how efficient your AC is and how much power it uses. Calculating your expenses is never exact because it depends on the age of the air conditioner, the layout of your property, the design of the air ducts, and how air tight your property is, and the outside temperature. Luckily, there are many ways to fight astronomical air conditioning costs — here are a few…
Turn the Thermostat Up One Degree
Most of us could not tell the difference if the room is 71 or 72 degrees. one degree will help your AC run less frequently and use less power. This small change will add up in the long run. Make sure everyone involved in the property are aware of your energy efficiency goals. If it is a business, have a meeting to explain the steps you will be taking and how everyone can contribute. If it is at home, make sure everyone is conscious of the fact that your family wants to be more energy efficient.
Purchase a Smart Thermostat and Program a Schedule
Programmable thermostats cut energy usage by adjusting temperatures while you’re away or asleep. You can program them yourself or purchase one that slowly adapts to your temperature preferences. Some can even be set up with an app away from home. According to the Department of Energy, you can save up to 10% annually by adjusting your temperature by seven to ten degrees for eight hours a day. Programmable thermostats can automate the process.
Replace Your Air Filters
Air filters keep your HVAC system running smoothly by preventing dust from blocking your vents and promoting air circulation. If the filters are dirty, your system will have to work harder to circulate air. You’ll want to replace your filters at least every few months, and possibly more if you have pets or kids. Luckily, air filters are relatively cheap and easy to switch by yourself. The big question is will you remember to switch them?
Keep Ducts Clean and The Airflow Clear
Keeping the vents and duct clean will help your AC run more efficiently. Also make sure your furniture and room layout does not block the vents. Your AC will use less power it it is not struggling against dirty vents and blocked airflow.
Reduce the Sunlight
Sunlight streaming in through your windows raises the temperature of your home. By blocking the sunlight, you can calm that effect. Planting some shade trees outside your windows can curb encroaching sunlight while blackout shades or curtains are another low-cost option.
Insulate your walls and attics. Windows aren’t the only part of your home that leak air. Attics, walls, and crawl spaces lose air as well. Professionally insulating your home is one of the best ways to increase energy efficiency. If you have an older home, this could be worth the investment.
The Benefits of Retrofitting Your Air Conditioner
Did you know you can upgrade parts on an old AC unit to make it more energy efficient? Replacing an air conditioner is expensive, and your existing system may still have many years of viable use left. That’s why retrofits have become so popular. In many cases, your best option to get your home cool is to have your older system retrofitted to work with one of the many alternative refrigerants that are available today. So retrofitting can be a good option to get you some of the benefits of a newer system.
Have your air conditioning system serviced. Hiring a local contractor to service your air conditioning system can keep your system working efficiently. Your contractor should clean outdoor coils, check voltage connections and make sure the refrigerant is at proper levels. in fact studies show that air conditioning maintenance helps your unit to maintain up to 95% of its original efficiency. Checkout Teegarden’s Mainteance Plan.
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