Getting Ready for Air Conditioning Season

June 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM | Posted in Home, Seasonal | Leave a comment
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Saving on cooling costs during the summer is just as important as saving on heating costs during the winter. Here are a few tips to improve the efficiency of your air conditioners that you should consider at the beginning of each cooling season:

  • Make sure the air conditioner is installed in an area that is not in direct sunlight. If you plant bushes or trees around it to shade it make sure the airflow is not blocked.
  • Inspect the seal between the air conditioner and the window frame to ensure it makes contact with the unit’s metal case. Moisture can damage this seal, allowing cool air to escape from your house.
  • Check your unit’s air filter once a month and clean or replace filters as necessary. Keeping the filter clean can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%.
  • Occasionally pass a stiff wire through the unit’s drain channels. Clogged drain channels prevent a unit from reducing humidity and can damage windows, walls & flooring.
  • Don’t place lamps or televisions near your air-conditioner thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
  • Close off unused rooms
  • If your air conditioner is old, consider buying an energy-efficient model. Look for the ENERGY STAR® and Energy Guide labels — qualified room air conditioners are 10% more efficient, and qualified central units are about 15% more efficient than standard models.
  • Keep your air conditioner set at a temperature between 72 and 78 degrees. The closer the temperature inside is to the temperature outside, the more efficient your air conditioner will run.

 

Stay cool, relax, and enjoy your summer!

Welcome-Summer

 

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