How to Help Your Air Conditioner Run More Efficiently

As the hotter months draw near, you may wonder how to keep your home cool and comfortable without skyrocking your utility bills. The secret lies in using your air conditioner more efficiently. Follow these 12 simple recommendations and tactics to keep your AC in optimal condition, reduce energy consumption and save money.

1. Leave the Thermostat Alone

Constantly changing the thermostat makes your air conditioner work harder, elevating energy consumption and causing excessive wear and tear. To optimize efficiency, set the temperature at a comfortable level—preferably around 78 degrees F (25 degrees C)—when you’re inside the residence. After that, refrain from changing it. If you get overheated, peel away} a layer of clothing, spray water on your skin or turn on a fan to cool off without turning down the temperature.

2. Set the Temperature Back When You’re Away

For the most savings, set the temperature 7-10 degrees higher than your standard setting for at least eight hours per day. To help you “set it and forget it,” it might be a good idea to consider setting up a programmable thermostat. This easy upgrade allows you to set temperatures based on your everyday routines, automatically adjusting the temperature to create a comfortable home when you’re there and saving energy when you’re out.

3. Keep the Curtains Closed

Solar heat gain from direct sunlight forces your cooling system to work more than it normally would. To reduce heat gain, close the curtains over your south- and west-facing windows during the hottest part of the day. Window coverings with light-colored backings are the most effective at reflecting sunlight.

4. Keep the Vents Open

Covered or closed air vents throw off your air conditioning system’s supply/return air balance, decreasing efficiency and raising operating costs. To stop this, keep at least 80 percent of your supply registers open and ensure that no return vents are blocked by curtains, furniture or rugs.

5. Create Airflow with Fans

Using fans along with your HVAC system circulates cool air more efficiently, making your home feel more comfortable while hardly increasing energy consumption. Ceiling fans, especially, create a wind chill effect that makes the room feel about 4 degrees cooler, allowing you to set the temperature higher without sacrificing comfort.

6. Get Rid of Hot and Humid Air

Cooking and showering produce heat and dampness. Run your kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans during these activities to lower your home’s cooling workload. Additionally, make certain your clothes dryer vents to the outdoors to prevent hot, humid air from releasing into your residence.

7. Use a Dehumidifier

Significant humidity levels cause your home to feel cool but clammy, tempting you to lower the temperature. A dehumidifier takes out excess moisture, making your home feel cooler and more comfortable while consuming significantly less electricity than operating the air conditioner.

8. Install Your Outdoor AC Unit in the Shade

The outdoor unit’s location influences its performance significantly. Installing it on your home’s north or east side shelters the equipment from the afternoon heat for more effective heat transfer. If the unit gets direct sunlight at the hottest part of the day, consider planting a tree or using a screen to shade it. Just make sure that any plant or structure you add doesn’t hamper airflow.

9. Save Your Chores for the Evening

Cooking, laundry and doing the dishes lead to indoor heat gain, making your AC work harder. Completing these tasks at night when temperatures aren’t as high reduces the cooling load during the hottest hours of the day and saves energy.

10. Replace the Air Filter

A clogged filter limits airflow and increases energy consumption, so replace it on a regular basis to promote maximum performance. Many basic filters should be replaced every 30 to 90 days, but its best to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for the ideal replacement schedule for your product.

11. Seal and Insulate the Ductwork

Leaky, uninsulated ducts lose significant amounts of energy, especially if they run through unconditioned areas like the attic, crawl space or garage. Sealing and insulating your ductwork preserves system efficiency and brings down energy spending.

12. Schedule Preventative AC Maintenance

Routine tune-ups are crucial to keep your air conditioning system running successfully. Employ a certified technician to inspect, clean and service your system every spring. This preventative measure extends your air conditioner’s life span, reduces energy consumption, and allows the technician to uncover and fix potential issues before they become expensive problems.

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