The U.S. Department of Energy says heating and cooling are the largest energy expenses in the home. They typically make up 35 to 40 percent of energy use.
Turning off and on the AC will often make it work harder but not save you money in the long run. Let’s look at common mistakes you are making with your air conditioning that is keeping you from saving.
An inefficient system
Make sure your ac is properly sized for your home. An oversized unit can cycle on and off to quickly making it useless at removing humidity and maintaining temperature. Too small of a unit will run continually and shorten its lifespan.
Clean the filter
An air filter that’s clogged inhibits airflow and places stress on your AC. Clean or replace your air filters every month during the hot months.
Don’t waste your money cooling an empty house
Installing a programmable thermostat allows you to schedule when to raise or lower the temperature. When you are away from home, there is no reason to waste cool air. Top of the line products will even let you to control the system from your smartphone and learn your heating and cooling preferences.
Keep your unit out of the sun
BobVilla.com reports, the location of an air conditioning unit has a big impact on its energy efficiency. They recommend, “installing your ac unit in a shady spot on the east or north side of your house, because too much direct sunlight will make the system work harder. Additionally, don’t place concealing shrubs or plants too close to the unit, as these will impede ventilation and may clog the condenser coils.”
Turn it down
Even changing your setting 2 degrees can lower your bills. Most professionals recommend keeping your thermostat set at 78 degrees.
Don’t wait until something goes wrong to check out your ac unit or have it serviced. This will increase its efficiency and extend the lifespan of your ac.
A combination of methods are best for keeping your home cool without breaking the bank. Ideas to keep your home cool include the following.
- Upgrade to energy efficient windows
- Seal your windows with caulk or weather stripping
- Keep the oven off, grill outside or use a crockpot which produces less heat
- Keep your blinds and curtains closed
- Insulate your walls and attics
- Install solar panels