Even though summer is almost over, you can still generate energy savings with the help of a few operational tips that will make your air conditioning run more efficiently. These tips will help you stay cool all summer long and even have you ready for next year’s summer.
- Keep your outdoor unit clean. Brush away debris that could affect the performance of the components housed within the outdoor unit. The condenser coil — the component responsible for dumping heat outside of your house — is here and if interfered with, can have a huge impact on how cool your house can be. Sweep away leaves, grass and dirt and occasionally spray it down with your water hose to knock off any caked dirt.
- Replace your air filters. This simple task is often forgotten by homeowners but can make a huge difference in how your well your air conditioning performs. If dust builds up, it can form a thick mat that air can’t easily flow through, requiring your HVAC system to use more energy. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on how often you should change them as they will differ from filter to filter.
- Schedule a preventive maintenance. Hire an HVAC contractor to inspect and clean all the components of your HVAC system. This is the best way to prepare your heating and cooling equipment for any upcoming conditions.
- Shade your windows. When sunlight shines directly into your home, it brings heat with it that your air conditioning then has to counter. This extra heat can account for up to 20 percent of your cooling costs. By simply drawing the shades closed, you will lower the amount of work your cooling system has to do. Shading the windows that face the sun during the peak afternoon hours is particularly important. You can also use solar shade screens to replace your regular window’s screening. They have a special weave that keeps sunlight out.
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