Across the United States, air conditioning accounts for 12% of total home energy expenditure. In 2015, the average household spent $1,856 on air conditioning.
If your air conditioner isn’t energy-efficient, you could be paying a bill that’s 20 to 40 percent more than it should be. If your AC is older, you could be wasting hundreds of dollars a year.
While you might not want to break the bank for an energy-efficient air conditioner, it could save you a lot of money in the long run. That being said, sometimes all it needs is a repair or a cleaning.
So how can you make sure that yours is efficient? Keep scrolling to find out the many ways that you can get the most out of your AC.
Keep the Sunlight Out
Keeping blinds and curtains closed can save you a lot of money, especially if you aren’t home. That being said, don’t keep the temperature too low while you aren’t home. Having your home just a couple of degrees cooler than outside can make a huge difference when you arrive home.
Find the highest possible temperature that you can feel comfortable coming home to during the day, and leave your thermostat there.
Keep Your Filters Clean
Over time, air filters collect dust, debris, and other fine particles that can affect allergies and even make you sick. Not only is it unhealthy for your lungs to breathe, but it will also begin to restrict airflow.
Change your filters every 30 to 90 days, and your airflow should continue to run smoothly. You’ll also save money as your unit won’t have to work as hard or for as long.
Take Advantage of Fans and Outside Air
Use your fans and outside air from your windows to cool your home whenever you can. Fans use way less energy than your HVAC unit. So when it’s early in the morning or during the cool evening air, take advantage and cool your home naturally.
If it’s too hot to do so, you can still use fans in conjunction with your AC to keep cool air moving around and save yourself from having to set the temperature too low.
Service or Replace Your AC
The most efficient air conditioner is going to be one that’s newer. That being said, your AC might just need to be serviced to run to its fullest potential.
Energy star air conditioners have a higher energy efficiency ratio because they have a higher cooling capacity to the power input. Even though you might not want to spend the money on a new unit, you could save lots in the long run. There are many reasons why a yearly AC tune-up is worth every penny!
Make Sure That You Have an Energy Efficient Air Conditioner
You don’t necessarily have to buy a new AC unit to have an energy-efficient air conditioner.
If you have a working unit, all you need is to be proactive about making sure that you’re getting the most out of it and saving as much money as you can.
Are you interested in having us check it out for you so that we can help with ways to keep your home cool and clean? Let’s get in touch!