Cooling your home while spending less on power is everyone’s goal. Nowadays, energy is almost synonymous with efficiency.
A huge chunk of most household energy consumption goes to your air conditioning (HVAC) system. Fortunately, a variety of technological innovations have been made to improve air conditioning efficiency standards—not only to reduce carbon emissions, but also to cut down on energy bills.
So how do we keep up with this energy allocation challenge? Start with these five simple steps.
1.Keep a Maintenance Schedule.
Regular cleaning of your air conditioning will maximize its ability to cool. Make sure its coils are clean, and that it has the right refrigerant levels.
After heavy use, especially during the summer months, the filters will start to collect debris, and slow down air flow. Keeping a regular maintenance schedule for your equipment will ensure that all maintenance needs are met.
2.Secure Heat Entries and Leaks.
Sealing and insulating your duct system will improve the HVAC energy efficiency by at least 20%. Check for air leaks, and remember that heat accumulates in homes from several sources that can raise the indoor temperature higher than outdoors. Be aware of the sun, drape your windows, and ensure that you have adequate ventilation or additional attic insulation.
3.Use Ceiling Fans.
Using both ceiling fans and air conditioning can effectively maximize a room’s temperature, and lower energy consumption. A ceiling fan creates a breeze and gives off a cooler sensation, thereby allowing you to keep the desired comfort level even if the thermostat is set at a higher temperature.
4.Use Programmable Thermostats.
Save on your cooling costs with a programmable thermostat, which can repeat multiple daily settings. This device will automatically detect the changes in temperature, and activate pre-programmed adjustments.
5.Use Modern Air Conditioning Units.
The Environmental Energy and Study Institute (EESI) noted that from 1990 to 2000, appliance efficiency standards reduced consumer energy bills by approximately 50 billion dollars.
Naturally, since an older air conditioning unit is less efficient; you might want to consider upgrading to a more effective air conditioning unit especially one that has earned an Energy Star Certification.
For more information, contact Alliance Air Conditioning and Electrical, Inc. With more than 40 years of experience in providing quality AC services in the West Palm Beach, Florida area, our goal is to help you stay cool.