AC tips for HOT Temperatures

Is your air conditioner ready for the hot summer temperatures? Did you know that heating and cooling your home consumes up to 50% of total home energy use?1 There are some measures you can take to improve energy savings such as preparing your AC and ensuring it is operating efficiently.

Scheduled Maintenance: You should be regularly scheduling maintenance for your air conditioner and furnace which will help keep it working efficiently and prevent serious costly issues from occurring. Schedule a maintenance checkup for your AC before you turn it on. HVAC companies offer great maintenance plans, free assessments and rebates.1

 

Prepare your Air Conditioner:

  • Take the cover off your AC
  • Make sure there is no debris or anything blocking the AC and fan
  • Test and check your outside disconnect
  • Ensure your air conditioner breaker is turned on

 

Inspect your AC Filters: It is important to check your filters once a month for dirt and buildup, make sure they are replaced or cleaned.3 A dirty filter will recirculate dust back into your home and make your air conditioner work harder to keep your home cool.

 

Regulate your Thermostat: By regulating your thermostat you can help improve annual energy savings. When you’re at home set your thermostat to a lower setting such as 78 degrees, and when you’re not at home set the temperature to a higher setting such as 85 degrees. Your home will not cool faster with a very low set temperature. An air conditioner will always have to work harder if there is a large temperature variance outside to inside your home. A smart thermostat can help regulate your temperature inside the home while saving on heating and cooling costs, even when you’re not at home. A good tip is to place your thermostat on a wall away from a window, so it won’t think it is warmer than it is in your home.1

 

Consider using a Ceiling Fan: A ceiling fan can help raise the thermostat setting up to four degrees in your home when in use with your AC. It is most effective when you are in the room, as a ceiling fan creates a wind chill effect that cools people but not necessarily rooms.2

 

Close your Blinds & Shades: To stop the cool air from escaping and to keep the sun out of your home you will have to close your blinds and shades. As heat travels through windows it will warn both you and the thermostat up which will affect the cool temperature in your home.

 

References:

(1) Spring into Savings with Four Ways to Reduce Cooling Costs Ahead of Summer

(2) Spring and Summer Energy-Saving Tips

(3) 5 Secrets for Getting Your A/C Ready for Summer

(4) 7 rules to save money on air conditioning this summer

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