Plano Homes : Tips for keeping your Air Conditioning costs down this summer
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Every time I hear my AC kick on in the summer all I can’t help but think is there goes a little more money out of my pocket and down the road to the big energy company. However there are some really easy to follow tips and tricks that can help keep you from having to take a second mortgage out on your home just to pay your electric bill for July.
- Try setting your thermostat between 72*F and 78*F. Each degree setting below 78*F will increase your energy consumption by approximately 8%. As you can see, that can add up to alot of money over a year.
- Inspect and clean both the indoor and outdoor AC/Heating coils. The indoor coil in your air conditioner acts as magnet for dust because it is constantly moist during during the cooling season. Dirt build-up on the indoor coil is the single most common cause of poor efficiency. The outdoor coil must also be checked periodically for dirt build-up and cleaned if necessary.
- Check the refrigerant charge. The circulating fluid in your air conditioner is a special refrigerant gas that is put in when the system is installed. If the system is overcharged or undercharged with refrigerant, it will not work properly. You may need a service contractor to check the fluid and adjust properly.
- Use bath and kitchen fans sparely when running the air conditioning system
- Reduce the cooling load by using cost-effective conservation measures. For example, effectively shade east and west windows. When possible, delay heat-generating activities, such as dishwashing or baking, until the evening on hot days.
- Try not to use a dehumidifier at the same time your air conditioner is operating. The dehumidifier will increase the cooling load and force the air conditioner to work harder, which in turn increases your utility bill.
- Over most of the cooling season, keep the house closed tight during the day. Don’t let unwanted heat and humidity in. If practical, ventilate at night either naturally or with fans.