Your air-conditioning system can cost you a lot of money, up to 70% of your household energy expenditure during the hottest months of the year. It can be difficult to know how best to make your air-conditioning use more efficient and reduce your costs. Try some of these tips to help you.
Unblock and Vacuum Your Vents
According to air conditioning installers, one of the best ways to make your air conditioner more efficient is to keep the vents free from debris.
These vents are usually on the floor or the ceiling. Evaluate all your vents:
- What size air filter does the vent need?
- Do the vents look dirty?
- When did you last vacuum the vents?
Decide whether you’ll clean them yourself or book a professional. Remove any debris from the indoor air supply vents so you can keep a steady airflow moving through the system. Make sure the vents aren’t being blocked by rugs or furniture. Make sure that every vent is clear, even if you have to rearrange some of your furniture to do it.
Close All the Doors and Windows
If you leave your doors and windows open when you’re running the air-conditioning, the cold air you’re working to create can easily escape to the outside, which can make your HVAC system a lot more inefficient.
If you do want to air out your home with fresh air from outside, turn off the air conditioning before you start opening doors and windows. You’re cooling your home, not the whole street.
Clean Around The Condenser Unit Outside
The outdoor unit is going to be at its most effective if it is kept clean and free of any debris from around it. However, cleaning the condenser can be a difficult task, so make sure you know what you need to do and how to do it properly before you start working on it. If you’re not sure what to do, or if the unit needs a deep clean, it’s better to call in a professional. They can make sure the work is done properly so the unit doesn’t get damaged.
Keep Heat-Producing Appliances Away From The Thermostat
The location of your thermostat can make a lot of difference to how efficient your air-conditioning is. If you have your thermostat in a hot area of your house, such as next to a sunny window or a hot appliance, the thermostat may not be able to properly gauge the temperature of your home.
A proper HVAC technician will know this and avoid putting a thermostat somewhere where it will get hot. However, older systems sometimes do have thermostats in a bad place, and it is well worth fixing the issue.
If the thermostat is getting warm, it will think that the space needs more cooling than it actually does. Over time, this extra cost of cooling a home that doesn’t need it will add up a lot and will cause unnecessary wear and tear on your AC system.