Beat the heat with AC tips

 

Are you ready for the hot summer temperatures? Is your air conditioner ready? Up to 50% of total home energy use is consumed from cooling and heating.1 Beat the heat with tips on how to prepare and maintain your air conditioners efficiency.

Tip 1 – Maintenance: It is important to have regularly scheduled maintenance for both your AC and furnace. This will help keep it working efficiently and prevent serious costly issues from happening. Before you turn on your AC you should schedule a maintenance checkup by an HVAC technician. Several HVAC companies offer great maintenance plans, free assessments and rebates.1

 

Tip 2 – Preparation: Before your air conditioner is in use, you need to do the following.

  • Remove your AC cover
  • Check your air conditioner for debris and that the fan is not blocked
  • Check your outside disconnect
  • Make sure the breaker is turned on

 

Tip 3 – Filters: Dirty filters means your AC will have to work harder to keep your home cool and will recirculate dust back into your home. It is important to check your filters once a month for dirt and buildup, make sure they are replaced or cleaned.3

 

Tip 4 – Thermostat: Regulate your thermostat when you’re at home to a lower setting such as 78 degrees and when you’re not at home to a higher setting such as 85 degrees. This will help improve annual energy savings. The larger the temperature variance it is outside to inside your home, the harder your air conditioner will have to work. A very low set temperature will not cool your home faster. Did you know that a smart thermostat can help save on heating and cooling costs by regulating heating and cooling when you're not at home? Something to consider. Don’t let your thermostat think it is warmer than it is in your home, make sure you place the thermostat on the right wall, away from windows.1

 

Tip 5 – Ceiling Fans: Help raise the thermostat setting up to four degrees in your home by using a ceiling fan in combination with your air conditioning. A ceiling fan creates a wind chill effect that helps cool people but not necessarily rooms, so it is mostly effective when you are in the room.2

 

Tip 6 – Blinds: Consider blinds or sun shades that block out the heat but still allow light.4 Close your blinds and shades to stop the cool air from escaping and to keep the sun out. Heat travels through windows, and will always warm you and the thermostat up which you want to try and avoid.

 

References:

(1) Spring into Savings with Four Ways to Reduce Cooling Costs Ahead of Summer

(2) Spring and Summer Energy-Saving Tips

(3) 5 Secrets for Getting Your A/C Ready for Summer

(4) 7 rules to save money on air conditioning this summer

 

 

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