Itâ€™s getting hot as we close in on the end of July and a glass of orange juice isnâ€™t enough to help you concentrate on much else beside the heat. You want to turn on the A/C but donâ€™t want the bills to skyrocket, so what do you do? Weâ€™ve come up with a list of best practices that are often overlooked to keep your short and long-term costs down while maximizing the effectiveness of your air conditioning.
You wouldnâ€™t expect your dryer to run at 100% without cleaning the lint screen, so why do you ask the same of your A/C unit?Â Keep it clean by lubricating the moving parts, and cleaning condenser coils as well as the blower components. Lubricating the moving parts will reduce friction in the motor, which in turn reduces electricity use. Cleaning the rest of the unit will increase its lifespan and help avoid airflow problems, which make your system up to 15% less efficient.
While your air conditioning unit might not be a work of art, it also is not something that you should try to hide. Inhibiting the airflow from your air conditioner or putting it next to something that may cause it to work harder to cool the air will increase the energy used.Â Another important thing to remember is that it is not only important to place your air conditioning unit in the right place, but also the thermostat. Put it away from large entertainment systems or other household items that may cause it to run more often than is necessary and register a higher heat than the rest of the house.
The above tips are meant to be things you check on once a month, or when you put your system into a house. But air conditioning is something you use everyday, so what can you do on a daily basis to get the most out of your A/C unit?Â Make sure that you arenâ€™t leaving the A/C on unnecessarily when you leave the house. Even 2Â° will save you 10% on your bill every month, so pulling the blinds and turning off the unit when you go to work can make a huge difference.