While we haven’t officially reached the “dog days of summer” just yet, your air conditioner is probably getting a good workout this time of year. Let’s make sure you are maximizing your cooling while minimizing your energy costs.
Some Cool Tips from CoolQuest
While we haven’t officially reached the “dog days of summer” just yet, your air conditioner is probably getting a good workout this time of year. Let’s make sure you are maximizing your cooling while minimizing your energy costs. Here are some air conditioning do’s and don’ts you should follow.
Maintain the compressor. If you have central air, make sure the unit is working as efficiently as possible. Remove any vegetation or debris blocking the air flow around your compressor/condenser, and use a garden hose to clean dirt or debris off the unit. If you haven’t already done so, get CoolQuest to tune up your unit.
Block the sun’s rays. If you have certain windows where the sun beats in, closing blinds or drapes help keep out the heat.
CoolQuest advises you should also turn off any unnecessary lighting and avoid using appliances that generate any additional heat in the home.
If you have ceiling fans, only turn them on when you are in the room. The effect you feel when a breeze comes in contact with your skin doesn’t happen if you’re not in the room.
Let the AC do its job.Many people are under the misconception that they will save energy by turning off the air conditioner when they go to work. Unfortunately, the reality is that any air conditioner will have to work even harder to cool a warmer house when you get home, costing you more. It’s better to pick a specific temperature you can live with and just leave it alone. Or better yet, have CoolQuest install a programmable thermostat set to a temperature three to seven degrees higher when you leave for work and then have it return to your optimum temperature at least an hour before you get home.
You should also avoid the temptation to open your windows, unless you plan to have your air off for several days. Opening windows fills your home with humid air and even a properly sized air conditioner can get overwhelmed.
CoolQuest recommends while practicing these good air conditioner habits can make you cooler, it can also save you money.
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