Stay cool while saving energy
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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