Lower Your Energy Costs This Summer
Always clean or change your air conditioner filters frequently. We recommend checking it at least every four weeks in our dusty desert climate.
Do not set your thermostat lower in the cooling mode than is comfortable. The average resident is comfortable at a setting of 72 to 76 degrees. For every degree that you lower your thermostat below 78 degrees, you increase your electric consumption by 2% to 5%.
In the summer, setting the fan to the “on” position will allow the indoor fan to run continuously, thus providing continuous circulation of air between cycles. This continuous circulation can allow many users to set their thermostat 1 or 2 degrees higher, while still remaining comfortable.
Use fans to circulate air and make you feel cooler at a higher temperature setting. Be sure to turn the fan off when the room will be unoccupied.
If you have a routine schedule each day, consider a programmable thermostat. It can save you money by offsetting the temperature in the house when no one is home.
Do not turn off your air conditioner during the day when you are away. It is much more cost effective to raise the temperature to 82 or 83 degrees. This will use less energy and still allow for the air conditioner to recover when you lower the thermostat to your desired comfort level when you return home in the evening.
Keep all windows and doors closed and use draperies on the sunny side of the house to block the sun’s summer rays.
Wash the outside coil of your air conditioner with a garden hose once a year in order to keep it at top performance. Clean away debris, leaves and shrubbery for free flow of air through the coil fins.
Do not close off more than 20% of the registers in the home. This can cause high resistance in the duct-work system. The result may be unnecessary heat build-up in the furnace in the winter. In the summer the reduction in airflow can cause icing up on the cooling coil, higher humidity levels, and can lead to possible compressor damage.
In the cooling season, don’t run kitchen and bath exhaust fans longer than necessary.
Do not place lamps, TV sets or other heat-producing devices beneath a wall-mounted thermostat. Rising heat from the equipment may cause the air conditioning system to over-cool your house, thinking that it is warmer than it actually is.
If you have a power outage or brown out, turn off your air conditioner immediately. This may save the components from damage.
If your system is 10 years or older, consider the benefits of replacing it with a more efficient system that consumes less electricity.
Have your heating and cooling system serviced each season to keep it in tip-top shape. You can avoid costly repairs and unnecessary down time when you need your system the most.