When the weather is hot, your air conditioner is running frequently or all the time. With constant use, the device gets a lot of wear and tear. In order for your air conditioner (A/C) to run at optimal performance it needs regular maintenance. What is more, keeping your A/C in top quality condition will keep you cool and will be a lot more cost effective in the long run.
Regular air conditioning maintenance will help improve your comfort plus save you money by increasing the efficiency of the A/C system. In fact, air conditioning units that are serviced twice a year can reduce up to 17% of cooling costs. As well, a maintained A/C extends the life of the device.
One of the fastest ways to reduce energy costs with home cooling is by regularly cleaning or replacing the A/C filters. Studies show that new filters can reduce your air conditioners energy consumption by up to 15%. When an A/C filter is clogged it causes the cooling system to work overtime in order to circulate cold air. In result, the device works harder than it needs and therefore drastically increases your utility costs.
A clean filter will also keep dust, mold and allergens from circulating throughout your home. In fact, changing the filter regularly is vital, especially if anyone in your household suffers from respiratory problems such as asthma.
Installing a programmable thermostat can lower your energy costs up to 10% per year. Although initial installation is a little expensive, it generally pays for itself within the 12 months. In fact, programmable thermostats are one of the lowest costs yet biggest home improvements you can make. Additionally, a programmable thermostat increases your comfort by maintaining indoor temperatures to your liking. As well, a programmable thermostat is very convenient and has advanced settings that are easy to use.
Installing a ceiling fan can add various energy saving benefits to your home. Generally, a ceiling fan uses about the same amount of power as a 100 watt light bulb. In addition, a ceiling fan will decrease the burden on your air conditioning unit.
In the winter, a fan will circulate the warmer air that accumulates on the ceiling. As a matter of fact, utilizing a ceiling fan in the winter can reduce your heating costs up to 10%. In the summer, a ceiling fan can offer a welcome breeze in your home plus reduce A/C costs up to 40% by effectively circulating warm air outdoors.
Although the best way to reduce your energy costs is with a new A/C filter and a programmable thermostat, there are other ways to save energy. You can reduce up to 30% of cooling consumption if you insulate, seal or replace ductwork to prevent air loss.
Just remember, regular A/C maintenance will drastically reduce your utility costs. It is a lot more cost effective to keep your air conditioner maintained than to have it repaired or completely replaced.
The Energy Efficiency Ratio rating (EER) measures the energy efficiency of an AC or other device. The EER measures the ratio of output cooling energy (in BTUs) to the electrical input energy. A higher EER rating signifies an AC that is a more efficient.
A unit needs to be sized appropriately for your needs in order to get a high EER. Buy a unit with the highest EER rating and has the lowest BTU capacity. If you are not sure how to figure the EER ratings BTU calculations, an air conditioning specialist can help.
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