According to concrete data collected by the Department of Energy, more than half of your total electricity bill is taken up by your home’s heating and cooling system. Owning an air conditioning system is indeed a great convenience to your family’s health and comfort. But must these conveniences always come with a price? Not necessarily. You can actually be more cost-efficient even with the daily use of an air conditioning unit. Here’s how to improve your AC’s home performance to save energy costs.
Keep your external condenser unit clean and grime-free
Regularly checking and cleaning grime built up around the air conditioning condenser and filter will dramatically improve your A/C’s performance. This will relieve unnecessary stress placed on the A/C unit and enable it to work at its maximum capabilities.
Keep your thermostat increase to a reasonable minimum
A slight five-to-eight-degree increase goes a long way in saving money and energy. This is where a programmable thermostat comes in handy. You can program the desired temperature for various times of the day.
Keep your thermostat a safe distance away from heat-emitting appliances. Sensing the heat, your unit will work harder and run longer than required, thus, your energy cost will go way up.
Keep your home properly insulated
Curtains and blinds should be drawn during the warmest times of the day to prevent the sun’s heat from warming your home. As mentioned earlier, any unaccounted heat will make your unit work extra hard and use up more energy than is necessary.
Aside from these very basic tips, Area Wide Services, Inc. also offers a complete line of home performance options. With a little help from our experts, you can benefit from our home and duct performance testing program. We offer:
• Duct Sealing, Duct Insulation, and Duct Replacement
• Blown-In Attic Insulation
• Foam Attic Insulation
• Air Infiltration Packages
• Radiant Barrier