Your large home appliances do a lot of damage when it comes to your electricity and gas bill. Refrigerators and water heaters are big culprits, but the one that ends up using the most energy is your home heating and cooling system.
An HVAC system can use up to half of the energy consumed by your entire household. This means that tips to improve your air conditioner efficiency are ones that may just save you more than a few bucks. Read on to find out how.
4 Tips to Help Improve the Efficiency of Your Air Conditioner
1. Keep Your System Running at Peak Performance
Old heating and cooling systems especially have to be maintained in order to keep cooling your home to the best of their ability. Without proper maintenance, any appliance will break down. For HVAC systems, upkeep means regularly changing the filters so air can always flow through and the machine doesn’t have to work harder than necessary. It also means having regular inspections from a professional who can tune up your HVAC system as well as clean it so it works to its full potential.
2. Open Your Windows/Use Ceiling Fans
If the air temperature outside permits it, open your windows and turn off your air conditioner. Let the cool air in and the stuffy, stale air out. This is good for your health as well as your wallet. Additionally, use ceiling fans if you have them. During the summer, they can help circulate the air and keep the temperature down as the breeze on your skin creates a wind chill effect. This way, the air conditioner can run less, and you’ll still stay comfortable.
3. Upgrade Your Thermostat to Improve Air Conditioner Efficiency
A programmable thermostat will help you keep better control over the temperature inside your home. Your air conditioner will run less, especially if you take advantage of settings like automatic timers. Set your air conditioner to automatically turn off if the outside temperature falls below a certain mark, for instance.
4. Upgrade to a New System
This is by far the most effective way to reduce energy costs and improve your air conditioner’s efficiency. A new HVAC system will cool your home better than an old system, and it will use far less energy to do it. This equals more comfort and less money spent. The savings are even more significant if your HVAC system is dated by 10 years or more. If this is the case, a new system might save you hundreds of dollars per year in energy costs.
To find out your potential energy savings when you upgrade to a new heating/cooling system, try out The Cooling Company’s Energy Savings Calculator.
With this tool you will see an estimate of how much money you could save per year with a new system as compared with your old one. It will also give you an idea of how making an energy-efficient upgrade can positively impact the environment.