- Maintain your system. Schedule an A/C checkup. Dirty filters block airflow and make units work harder to cool your home. Cleaning and/or replacing filters once per month will lower an AC’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%. Clean evaporator and condenser coils also help your system to run more efficiently.
- Adjust your thermostat. It is important to remember the smaller the difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures, the less you’ll spend in the summer. Try to set you’re A/C as high as is comfortably possible. Use a programmable thermostat to set temperature when you’re out of the house or asleep. These practices could easily decrease your summer cooling bill by 5 -10%.
- Install curtains of blinds. You’re A/C system works the hardest in sunny rooms. Install venetian blinds, light-colored curtains, or any other device to help block sunlight from entering those room to help keep them cooler.
- Use ceiling fan. A ceiling fan can cut back on you’re A/C needs, allowing you to save on electricity costs. Although fans don’t actually cool the air, they help make it feel cooler by moving it, pulling heat away from your body.
- Avoid heat buildup during the day. Appliances around your home create heat, especially the stovetop and oven. Cook outside on the grill or eat chilled dishes to avoid making your A/C work hard. The microwave is also a better option than the stove top.
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