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Energy Efficiency During AC Season

Posted at April 11, 2013 | By : | Categories : Articles | 0 Comment

Summer will soon be here before you know it, and it could be a hot one just like last years’. We have put together a list to keep your home and your air conditioning unit running at maximum efficiency.high efficiency ac

  1. Purchase a high efficiency air conditioning model. Select an energy-efficient central air conditioner by looking at the SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating. The higher the rating, the more efficient the unit. We definitely recommend looking into our mini-split ductless air conditioning line for the highest available efficiency available.

  2. Choose the right size equipment. Oversized equipment costs more money. We can determine the size of the equipment needed for your home by performing a heat load calculation. We utilize the size and configuration of your home to determine proper size.

  3. To maximize efficiency, change the indoor and outdoor compressor coils when replacing an older central air conditioner. With the newer R410A systems replacement is needed as the old oil can contaminate the new system as they are two different, non-matching oil mixtures.

  4. Keep the thermostat clear of heat. Don’t position heat-producing devices such as lamps and TVs close to your thermostat. Heat from these devices could cause the thermostat to read a temperature higher than the true room temperature. This may lead to excessive cooling and wasted energy.

  5. Get your unit tuned up. Have your central air conditioner tuned up by a qualified heating contractor every other year. This can help the unit operate more efficiently and may prevent failures in the middle of peak cooling season.

  6. Keep the condenser and filter clean. Keep leaves, grass and other debris away from the outside condenser. Also, clean the filter monthly and replace it as needed. (Your central AC uses the same filter as your furnace.) A clean condenser and filter help the unit run more efficiently. This is one of the main problems we have with AC units during summer, and that is a lack of maintenance.

  7. Increase your thermostat setting. When at home, set it a few degrees higher. When leaving, move the setting even higher — about 78 to 80 degrees. Cooling the house when you return costs less than keeping it cool all the time. Taking these steps can save 10 percent or more on your summer cooling costs.

  8. Keep the sun out. Closing blinds, shades and drapes on the sunny side of your home during the day will help keep the house cooler, causing the air conditioner to use less energy in bringing the temperature to a comfortable level.

  9. Cool only the rooms in use. Close unused rooms to keep cooled air in areas where it is most needed.

  10. Don’t make more heat. Delay chores that produce heat and moisture until the cooler parts of the day or evening. Limit dishwashing, laundering and cooking on hot, humid days. These activities make your room more uncomfortable and require your air conditioner to work harder.

  11. Use the microwave. Cook using your microwave oven rather than your standard oven or range. It creates less heat and humidity in your home.

  12. Turn off electronics you are not using. Don’t leave electronics, such as televisions, stereos and computers, on if you don’t need them – they produce heat. Extra heat requires more energy to power the air conditioner and increases cooling costs.

  13. Keep vents clear. Keep furniture and drapes away from air vents. This allows the cool air to move out into the rooms and keeps your air conditioner from running more than necessary.

  14. Ventilate your attic. Reduce heat build-up in your attic by installing proper ventilation. This helps keep your house cooler during the summer. A qualified heating contractor can help you do this.

  15. Keep the air conditioner out of the sun. Locate the unit out of direct sunlight and avoid the south and west sides of the house. Placing the air conditioner in direct sunlight causes it to work harder to cool your home.