Your Summer Reminder: 7 Ways to Save Energy When Running Your AC Unit
July 6th, 2016 by admin
Warmer weather means that it’s time to turn on your air conditioning system to stay comfortable. However, air conditioning can be a costly investment, particularly if your air conditioner is wasting energy. Every summer, we show you ways to save energy on your air conditioning and your electrical bill. It’s once again time to look at some energy saving tips. Follow these 7 easy tips to make sure that your air conditioner is running smoothly and saving your money.
1.Plant Shade Trees
Taking advantage of natural ways to stay cool is a great way to save on your energy bill. The shade that trees provide can be used to keep your home
Plant trees on the East and West sides of your house to block the strongest rays of the sun from coming inside. Additionally, planting trees that shade your air conditioning unit can save you extra. Though it may seem expensive to buy and plant trees, your initial investment will save you far more in the long run.
2.Check Your Ducts
It is important to make sure that the insulation around your ducts is intact. If your ducts are uninsulated, the air that is pumped through them will warm up and won’t keep you cool. Instead of wasting money cooling air that will only warm up later, make sure that your ducts are properly insulated. If you notice that your insulation is in need of repair, contact us to learn more about our services.
3.Cover Your Windows
Keeping the sun out is essential for staying cool. Closing your curtains or blinds during the hottest parts of the day will help to keep your rooms cool so that you don’t have to run your air conditioner as much.
Putting screens on your windows is another great way to save energy. Mesh or solar screens deflect the sun’s energy before it can get into your house, meaning that your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard.
4.Be a Smart Chef
Cooking or baking with a stove or oven can raise temperatures in your home considerably, which means that it takes more energy to keep it cool. Try to limit your cooking time by preparing food that doesn’t require a large amount of heat, or making cold dishes like salads.
Summer is also the perfect time for grilling. Consider planning meals that can be cooked outdoors to keep your home from heating up.
5.Maintain Your AC Unit
Like all major appliances, air conditioners require regular maintenance to run properly. Cleaning or replacing your AC’s filters is a simple task that could save you a lot. The filters make sure that your air conditioner is running properly and keeping your healthy, but a dirty filter can restrict airflow and waste energy.
Checking your evaporator coils is another way to make sure that your air conditioner is running smoothly. If you notice that the outside coils are collecting dirt and debris, it is a good idea to clean them.
If your air conditioner needs more than regular cleaning or has malfunctioned, contact our 24/7 hotline to speak to a technician. It is important to receive professional help if your AC is not working properly, and maintenance now could save you from costly expenses in the future.
6.Turn Your AC Down When You’re Gone
Many people waste a lot of energy by running their air conditioner at the same temperature all day long. Instead, consider turning the temperature up a little when you aren’t at home, or when you’re asleep. That way your air conditioner isn’t wasting energy to cool an empty home.
Turning your air conditioner to a comfortable temperature like 78 degrees saves energy, and ensures that you can quickly cool your home down more when you need to.
7.Replace Your Old Air Conditioner
If your air conditioner is 10 – 15 years old, you should consider replacing it right away. Old ACs are much less energy efficient than newer ones, and replacing yours could save you a considerable amount on your energy bill.
If you are considering purchasing a new air conditioner, take this time to consider the options we have available. Call us to find out how one of our air conditioning systems could save you money on your energy bill.