Common sense ways to lower the cost of running your air conditioner
Summer is coming faster than you think. As the temperature begins to soar, so does your energy bill. Almost every home now has an air conditioner, and as comfortable as they make our lives during the warmer months, running them can become expensive. You can enjoy the best of both worlds, cooler air and lower costs, by following these tips.
Regular maintenance helps to keep air conditioning units running smoothly. It also prevents major breakdowns. Change the air filter regularly and keep the condenser coils clean. Besides providing cleaner air in your home, a clean filter allows the motor to breathe freely. With cool air flowing in and out of the unit, the motor doesn’t work as hard, cutting the amount of electricity it needs to run.
Just like your heating system, the air conditioner deserves an annual checkup from an HVAC service professional. This will keep it working efficiently, safely and effectively, saving you money in the long run. An inspection covers things like properly sealed cooling ducts, wear and tear that can cause a breakdown and whether you should consider upgrading to a more efficient unit. The technician can help you compare savings versus cost to make an informed decision. Units like the Infinity® 17 Central Air Conditioner can save hundreds in the cost of electricity, offsetting the cost of the unit.
Poor insulation around doors, windows, eaves and other areas are tvhe most common causes of lost energy. If you can’t keep the cool air inside your home, your air conditioner has to work harder and use more energy. Check the seals around windows and doors, replacing weather stripping as needed. This will have the double benefit of helping keep the heat in during winter as well.
Stop Adding Heat
Using the dishwasher, running the washing machine or dryer and throwing open the drapes are common daytime routines. But think about how much heat you are adding to your home. Keep the shades drawn from direct sunlight and avoid using major appliances during the hottest hours. Ovens, grills and stovetops can increase room temperature by ten degrees or more. Try to use heat-generating appliances only during cool hours and consider cooking only on the grill in the hotter months.
Use Ceiling Fans
Fans are a low-cost way to cool down a room. They help circulate the cool air from your air conditioner as well. Many days, you can get away with using ceiling fans alone to keep the temperature comfortable, saving on cooling costs.
Adjust the Temperature
Try to adjust to warmer temperatures so your air conditioner doesn’t have to work so hard. Try setting the thermostat to 75 degrees and adjust it down only if you find yourself excessively uncomfortable.
Use these MM Comfort Systems tips to cut down the cost of running your air conditioner this summer.
MM Comfort Systems can maintain and inspect your air conditioner or offer you the best advice on choosing a new system. Call us at 425.533.9058 or use our online contact form for a free consultation.