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Learn To Save Money With Your Air Conditioning

By Lawrence Nelson

Just when you’re able to start shutting down that furnace, it appears like it heats up enough to start having your aircon cost money. In the Midwest, unseasonably hot temperatures has had folk using their air-con already. And in several areas, electrical rates are going up. Can you economize on air conditioning?

You can. You simply have to be smart about it. While there are frugal people out there that believe air conditioning is purely a luxury that isn’t necessary, I disagree. In many parts of the country air conditioning isn’t just necessary, it is vital. Small children and the elderly have a hard time cooling off when they get too hot. Heat can be just as deadly as freezing cold, and it can often kill much faster. So if air conditioning is a necessity for you, go ahead and turn it on. There are other places you can skimp. There are also some steps you can take to cut your bill.

First, when you’re purchasing a window air conditioner, consider the dimensions of the room you are placing it in. You do not have to buy the most important air conditioner they sell, if the room isn’t that large. Having too tiny or too large a unit causes the unit to work harder than it has got to and will cost more in the end. Look for units that are efficient ( a rating of eleven or higher ) and good brands — they’ll last you longer.

If you need to replace your central air conditioning unit, make sure that you look for a SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) of 13 or better. A less efficient system will cost you more to run. High efficiency appliances do cost you more, but in the long run, it is worth the reduction in electricity bills.

Take care of your unit. Have you ever tried to breathe through a straw for an extended period of time. You know how much that takes. That is what an air conditioner goes through when its filter is clogged up. Replace or clean the filter monthly during the summer and have your central air conditioning serviced at the end of each winter. If you have a window unit, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for winterizing the unit. You may need to cover it or remove it during the cold months.

Your aircon is among the biggest energy monsters in your house. If you’ve got an old air conditioner, it could be worthwhile to have it replaced with a more recent, more efficient system. The price tag should pay you back in a couple of years if you’re replacing a unit over ten years old. Make an effort to install a programmable thermostat in order that you can set the temperature to adjust by itself. Have the thermostat at 78 degrees when you’re home and 85 degrees when you’ll be gone for one or two hours.

Consider the placement of your air conditioner. It will not have to work as hard if it is found in a shady place with lots of room to vent heat. Don’t plant plants or put up fencing too closely, you might impede its performance. Were you aware that a little gardening can help to save you up to thirty percent on your cooling costs? Plant shady trees and plants around your home, particularly on the west and south sides. This is going to help scale back the direct sun that heats up your house. You may close the drapes on the bright side of the house to dam the sun.

If you have large windows on the sunniest side of your house, think about installing coverings for shade. You may also paint your home a lighter color that may reflect the sun’s heat, rather than soaking up it. Leaks can suck the heat and the cool from your house. Seal off the places were resources come into your house. Stop any potential drafts under doors and around windows with weatherstripping. Fill the openings around your chimney. Consider replacing your windows with new, energy-efficient windows.

Make sure that your attic is properly ventilated. Thirty percent of the heat in your house is absorbed through the roof. An attic fan can reduce your cooling costs and get the air in your home moving around. Ceiling fans may not be a designer’s dream, but they can make your home cooler. Using a ceiling fan can allow you to set your thermostat 5 degrees higher, which reduces your cooling costs. Running the fan doesn’t lower the temperature, the moving air lowers your perception of what the temperature really is. You can also save on your air conditioning by turning things off. Lights create heat, so turn them off when they aren’t in use. Your computer creates heat, so don’t leave it running. Use a crockpot or microwave to cook dinner so that you don’t heat up the kitchen with your stove and oven.

There are lots of paths to stay cool in the summer. If you stay home all day, think about taking a short trip to the mall or to the library to reduce the requirement for cooling. Do all housework early in the morning or late in the evening when it is cooler out. Drink lots of water and stay hydrated. And stay cool.

You are invited to review more information about central Escondido Air Conditioning at our web page. There you will find other sources that delve much deeper into home air conditioning and the things to watch out for and avoid.

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