People in the United States, especially in a typically warm part of the country like South Florida, love air conditioning. There’s a reason why more than 75% of households keep their homes and apartments cool with good ol’ AC. Furthermore, the majority of new properties being built throughout the country are reliably outfitted with central AC systems. But, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, “heating and air conditioning your home account for almost half of your home’s energy use.”
If constantly running your air conditioner in your apartment or home is drying up your bank account, we’re here to help you cut down on those costs. According to energy.gov, “You can reduce air conditioning energy use by 20-50 percent by switching to high-efficiency air conditioners and taking other actions to lower your home cooling costs.” Read on to learn what those “other actions” are that you can take to reduce your air conditioning system’s energy consumptions.
How do I reduce the amount that it costs for me to run my air conditioning system?
The easiest way, as most people know, is to routinely replace or clean your air filters. But, did you realize how big of an impact this can really have? Changing your air filters once a month can lower your AC system’s energy consumption by 5-15 percent!
However, minimizing your air conditioning system’s cooling load is the first step towards saving energy. To start, you need to consider how to rid your home of unwanted heat. Even if you have the most efficient air conditioner available, it makes a ton of sense to optimize its potential. And, if you have an older unit, you certainly want to improve its performance. With this in mind, there are three major sources of unwanted heat in your home that you need to be aware of:
- Heat that conducts through your walls and ceilings from the outside air.
- Waste heat that is given off by lights and appliances.
- Sunlight that shines through your windows.
Perhaps alternatively, the idea of trapping the right temperature in your home is also ideal for efficiency. Because, “Unless you have a very small living space, even central air and heat can have a tough time keeping each room at the same, steady temperature,” reports Lifehacker. The best way to do this is to check the vents around your home. You probably want to open them all, so that the system no longer has to struggle to keep the space comfortable.
Additionally, using a ceiling fan can allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4 degrees without impacting your comfort. Keep in mind that the standard human comfort range for a home is between 72°F and 78°F. This range can be maintained using the best practices described above. Or, by performing additional simple adjustments, which can include:
- Getting rid of inefficient appliances.
- Tightening up the insulation of your home.
- Improving shade to eliminate solar heat.
- Making smart choices for products related to roofing or painting.
Obviously, there are many other ways for you to reduce your home’s energy consumption. However, annual maintenance is the most likely route for you to take to help improve your the efficiency of your air conditioner while also prolonging the life of your unit. Call Direct AC today on (786) 422-5559 and ask us about how we can improve the efficiency of your air conditioning unit!