How to Help Your Air Conditioner Run More Efficiently

As the warmer months get closer, you may wonder how to keep your home cool and comfortable without skyrocking your utility bills. The secret lies in using your AC more effectively. Follow these 12 simple tips and techniques to keep your AC in optimal condition, decrease energy consumption and save money.

1. Leave the Thermostat Alone

Frequently changing the thermostat makes your cooling system work harder, raising energy consumption and causing excessive wear and tear. To optimize efficiency, set the temperature at a comfortable level—preferably around 78 degrees F (25 degrees C)—when you’re inside the residence. After that, refrain from touching it. If you start to get hot, remove} a layer of clothing, spray water on your skin or turn on a fan to cool off without lowering the temperature.

2. Set the Temperature Back When You’re Away

For maximum savings, set the temperature 7-10 degrees higher than your usual setting for at least eight hours per day. To help you “set it and forget it,” think about setting up a programmable thermostat. This easy upgrade allows you to schedule temperatures based on your everyday routines, automatically modifying the temperature to create a comfortable home when you’re there and conserving energy when you’re away.

3. Keep the Curtains Closed

Solar heat gain from direct sunlight forces your cooling system to work more than it normally would. To minimize heat gain, close the curtains over your south- and west-facing windows in the afternoon. Window coverings with light-colored backings are the most effective at reflecting sunlight.

4. Keep the Vents Open

Obstructed or closed air vents throw off your HVAC system’s supply/return air balance, decreasing efficiency and upping operating bills. To stop this, always keep at least 80 percent of your supply registers open and make certain no return vents are hindered by curtains, furniture or rugs.

5. Create Airflow with Fans

Utilizing fans along with your air conditioner circulates cool air more, making your home feel more comfortable while barely increasing energy consumption. Ceiling fans, especially, create a wind chill effect that makes the room feel about 4 degrees cooler, allowing you to set the temperature higher without losing comfort.

6. Get Rid of Hot and Humid Air

Cooking and showering produce heat and humidity. Turn on your kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans during these activities to decrease your home’s cooling burden. In addition, ensure that your clothes dryer vents to the outdoors to stop hot, humid air from releasing into your residence.

7. Use a Dehumidifier

Elevated humidity levels make your home feel cool but clammy, tempting you to decrease the temperature. A dehumidifier removes unwanted moisture, making your home feel cooler and more comfortable while using significantly less electricity than running the air conditioner.

8. Install Your Outdoor AC Unit in the Shade

The outdoor unit’s location influences its operation considerably. Installing it on your home’s north or east side protects the unit from the afternoon heat for more effective heat transfer. If the unit gets direct sunlight at the hottest part of the day, consider planting a tree or installing a screen to shade it. Just ensure that any plant or structure you add doesn’t hamper airflow.

9. Save Your Chores for the Evening

Cooking, laundry and washing the dishes cause indoor heat gain, making your AC work harder. Completing these tasks at night when temperatures aren’t as high reduces the cooling load during the hottest part of the day and saves energy.

10. Replace the Air Filter

A filthy filter limits airflow and increases energy consumption, so switch it out routinely to promote maximum performance. Many basic filters should be replaced every 30 to 90 days, but its best to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the recommended replacement schedule for your product.

11. Seal and Insulate the Ductwork

Leaky, uninsulated ducts squander significant amounts of energy, especially if they run through unconditioned areas like the attic, crawl space or garage. Sealing and insulating your ductwork increases system efficiency and lowers energy spending.

12. Schedule Preventative AC Maintenance

Regular tune-ups are essential to keep your AC running properly. Use a certified professional to inspect, clean and service your system every spring. This preventative measure extends your air conditioner’s life span, reduces energy consumption, and allows the technician to uncover and address potential issues before they become high-priced problems.

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