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Stay cool while saving energy
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

June 21 marks the first day of summer and we have already seen temperatures in the 80s during May. Given that this summer is going to be sweltering, air conditioning is the creature comfort that many people turn to for keeping cool in the heat. Cooling a whole house can become a rising cost for you. The following tips are for your — and your wallet’s — benefit during a long, hot summer.

AIR CONDITIONER

Having a larger air conditioner won’t cool the house down more quickly in the summer. If you have an AC unit that is too big for the space you want to keep cold, it will not run effectively. An oversized AC unit will cool rooms to the temperature that the thermostat dictates before dehumidification occurs. The resulting high humidity can create an unpleasant localized climate in your home.               

Instead, opt for a smaller AC unit that is properly sized to your home. A unit properly sized for your home will run longer, but remove that sticky humidity. Professionals (such as the ones at Crane Heating and Air) can properly size air conditioning units to a home, helping put more money back in your pocket.               

Not wanting to cool your whole home or you have an older place that doesn’t have a central system? Use portable AC units or even the old-fashioned window unit. Air conditioning units like these can be moved based on what room you want to cool down. Plus, these systems can use up to 50 percent less energy than a larger central air unit would use to cool down the same space.

THERMOSTAT

Do not place lamps, televisions or other objects that give off heat near a thermostat. The heat can cause a wrong command to be sent to the air conditioner from the thermostat.               

Blasting the coldest of the cold temperatures can seem like it will cool everyone down fast, but it does not do the job. Summer heat can get unbearable, but changing the thermostat to be only a few degrees difference than the outdoors lowers cooling bills. We suggest setting your thermostat between 75-78 degrees while you are at home and around 85 degrees when you are out. These settings don’t force the air conditioner to overwork itself, which can save you up to 30 percent on summer cooling costs if the thermostat is set at 75-78 degrees for 24 hours a day.               

Try cleaning your thermostat. Older models with lever-set temperatures do need to be cleaned every once and a while. If they are not cleaned, it could cause your home to be too hot or too cold during the day.

MAINTENANCE               

Replacing an air conditioner unit simply because it is not working the way you like can be costly. Basic and routine maintenance could help the AC unit by getting rid of unwanted clutter like seeds and leaves, which can cause a unit to work harder than need be.               

Those seeds and leaves can also restrict airflow in the air conditioner. Not only that, but filthy filters can have a cooling system run longer, which means energy use can increase. Replacing filters on a monthly basis ensures for air quality to your home and a lower cooling bill as well.               

For outdoor air conditioning units, make sure things like dirt, leaves, mown grass, twigs, etc. aren’t obstructing the unit. These can cause similar problems that a sullied filter can cause, to that which a sullied filter can cause.



 

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