Air conditioning can cost money to power and understanding how to cut the cost of energy to your air conditioning unit can really be a notable benefit. So, here are ten ways to do so.
A Little Warmer at Night Is Alright
At night, you do not need the same level of sentient cool. As such, consider turning down your AC so that it runs less during sleep hours or an hour before bedtime.
Use Portable or Window Units
If you are not into cooling your whole home, then consider using portable units to cool areas you are working in. Portable and window units use up to 50 percent lesser energy than large central cooling systems used to cool the same space.
Close Off Vents
Traditionally, basements are the coolest rooms in any home. As such, consider closing all vents in the lower part of your home. Naturally, cold air tends to lurk down there and by closing all vents, you force the air up top to come down, allowing it to cool down as it does so. Here is how to do so.
Service Your Unit
Basic maintenance may be all your AC needs to perform optimally. At the same time, regular servicing will do it good as a good hosing out will improve its performance, especially if you are plagued by irritating trees like the Cottonwood tree that drops seeds that may end up sticking to the filters; making the system work 15% harder.
Regularly Check Your Ducts
Ensuring that areas your ducts run through in your home without air conditioning, like in the attic, are well insulated will help ensure that air flowing into your home stays as cool as possible. Paying for air that is half cooled is no one’s idea of money well spent. Or is it? If your ducts are blocked or you feel there could be problems after the installation consult an air conditioning or plumbing expert witness to take a look
Consider Rearranging You Furniture
Pieces of furniture obstructing air conditioning vents will hinder the proper cooling of a room. At the end of the day, you could just be cooling the bottom or a sofa or the back of a chair; and while a cooling effect is still felt, we are pretty sure that you’d rather feel the chill directly. While there are plastic pieces you could get to redirect air flowing through the vents, the simplest (and most practical) thing to do is rearranging things for improved air flow.
Run Your AC at 78 Degrees
When set to run at 78 degrees, your air conditioner will be running at the most optimal level performance-wise. Think of it this way, by having it at 78 degrees, your AC becomes like a car set on cruise control as it rolls down the flat Midwest prairie. It is not chugging like a car going uphill but is just rolling along. Turning the temperature down by even 5 degrees could affect the AC’s performance increasing energy consumption by up to 40%.
Turning lights off could help reduce heat in your home. However, paying close attention on how much light you are letting into your home through open windows could play a significant role. While it may seem neurotic to close and open windows every single day with the shifting of the sun, it could make a big difference when it comes to the amount of heat the air you are buying has to compete with.
No One Home?
If possible, when no one is at home, consider turning your air conditioner up to 85 degrees and make sure that all your drapes and windows are closed. While it will be hot for a couple of minutes when you get back home, the blinds will help by keeping sunlight and heat out, allowing the already existing cold air to stay that way for longer. This way, the heat will not be so much that your AC will have to work twice as hard to cool things down.
Do Not Forget the Fan
Most of us solely rely on air conditioning systems to keep things cool; however, getting a few supplemental fans to help out will not hurt. Using fans to circulate cold air around the room will mean that you do not need quite as much cooled air pumped into the room. At the same time, fans use far lower energy than the standard AC unit. As such, having one or two fans around as a backup option is definitely a good idea.