- Check Your Air Conditioning
Your air conditioner requires frequent maintenance to ensure it is functioning properly throughout its lifespan. Inadequate maintenance can lead to inadequate performance and excessive usage of energy. Examining the fins, coils as well as the evaporative cooler and heat pump could require the assistance of a qualified technician.
There’s no need to be an expert HVAC technician to conduct an AC a basic test to ensure it’s working efficiently. Clean your air vents frequently to eliminate any dust accumulation and make sure that your furniture and other things aren’t blocking airflow in your exhausts. Do not place lamps or TV sets close to your thermostat. The thermostat can sense the heat that these appliances generate which could make your air conditioner be running longer than it should.
- Replace Your Air Filter
The replacement of an air filter can be among the most straightforward and efficient actions you can take to ensure that your AC operates efficiently and smoothly. Filters that are clogged and dirty hinder airflow and decrease the capacity of your air conditioner in absorbing heat. Removing a dirty or dirty filter and replacing it by a fresh one could reduce the energy consumption of your air conditioner by as much as 15 percent.
Replace or clean your air conditioner’s filter each month or every two months. Filters require more frequent attention when your air conditioner is used continuously or is exposed to a lot of dust or have pets that shed fur. Air conditioners for single rooms will include a filter in the grill, which faces the room. Central air conditioners, you will discover the filter on all the way to the return pipe. Most often, it is in ceilings, walls and furnaces. They can also be found within the air conditioner itself.
- Opt for LED Light Bulbs
In case you’re using light bulbs made of incandescent bulbs It’s time to change to LED lighting. Incandescent bulbs are very inefficient. About 10% to 15 per cent of energy they consume is converted into light. The rest goes to waste heat. LED lighting is the best efficient lighting solution currently available. They consume 75 percent more energy. They last for 25 more times as long, and operate significantly cooler than traditional incandescent lighting. They cost a bit more upfront, but will eventually they pay off in energy savings.
- Use Your Thermostat Wisely
Set your temperature as high as is possible during the summer months ideal is 78degF or greater. Every degree of cooling can result in an increase of up to 8. Make sure your home is at a higher temperature than normal during times when the family is working or at school and reduce temperatures only when you are home. Do not lower the temperature while your air conditioner is on. It will not cool your home more quickly and could lead to energy consumption.
Smart thermostats can make these temperature shifts simple. Smart thermostats can be described as Wi-Fi-connected devices that automatically adjust temperatures in your home to ensure maximum energy efficiency. Smart thermostats are able to learn your preferences and habits, and set up an automatic schedule that adjusts to conserve energy when you’re sleeping or away.
Local and state government officials encourage the use of smart thermostats with rebates. Therefore, searching for rebates and other perks offered in your local area could assist you in saving on a brand new thermostat. Make sure to contact your energy provider , as they may offer special discounts for smart thermostats.
- Use Fans With Your A/C
The cost of running a fan is significantly less expensive than running your air conditioner. In reality the continuous running of a fan for a whole month will cost you about 5 bucks on your electric bill. However, they don’t produce cold air, they just move the already existing air. The air movement produces a wind chill effect that makes people feel more relaxed, however, it doesn’t change the temperature.
But, air conditioning work well in conjunction. If you have air cooling ceiling fans permit you to adjust your thermostat to about 4degF more, without any reduction in the comfort. Make sure to turn your fan off after leaving the home. If there aren’t any people in the vicinity to feel the chill of the wind The fans don’t do much other than making your energy cost a bit higher.
- Close Your Blinds
Cover your blinds or drapes in the daylight hours to keep away the greenhouse effect caused by the sun. Southernand western-facing walls suffer the brunt of sun’s heat. Therefore, invest in quality drapes or shades for windows of these walls , and close them. North-facing windows let in a fair amount of natural light, with minimal glare, and almost none of the summer heat. The shades can be left open to let natural sunlight into your home without heating the room.
- Get an Energy-Efficient Dehumidifier
In humid, hot environments, a dehumidifier can be an ideal companion to your air conditioner and an excellent method to reduce the humidity within your home. Dehumidifiers help lower expenses for energy since your air conditioner doesn’t require as much effort. If the air in your home is humid, the air conditioner is required to double-check its work, cooling the air while eliminating moisture. A cooling system that is working too hard can be more likely to break, requiring costly and lengthy repairs.
- Avoid the Oven
A conventional oven may add unnecessary heating to your home making your air conditioner perform more. Cook more by using an oven or microwave to keep your kitchen cool. You can also use the heat of summer as an excuse to heat the grill in your backyard. Grilling outdoors is a summertime favorite to cook up delicious meats and vegetables and keep the heat out.
- Wash Strategically
Machines for washing clothes, dryers for clothes and dishwashers all produce tons of heat. Reduce this heat by using only cold water to wash your laundry. Only wash fully loaded load of dishware and clothing to ensure that the appliance is not running excessively. Avoid using your clothes dryer entirely. Following washing hang your damp clothes and let them dry in the air.
The cold water method isn’t just for clothes or dishes. You can apply it on your body as well. It can take some time to get used to the cold water, but a shower can be refreshing and refreshing in the scorching and sweaty summer months.
Since you’re not using nearly as many hot water heaters You can also reduce the temperature of the water heater. Based on the U.S. Department of Energy water heating accounts for anywhere from 14 to 25% of energy consumption. The ability to reduce your heater’s temperature to a warmer setting of 120°F will help you save a few dollars each month.
- If You Aren’t Using It, Unplug It
From your laptop or toaster to the computer, electronic devices produce heat. Even if they’re turned off, the mere fact of plugging it in creates a little bit of heat within the wire. To ensure that things stay cool, turn off any electrical appliances that you aren’t using. It’s not much for each device, but add it up all the gadgets at home and you’ll notice only a couple of degrees different.