How To Reduce Air-Conditioning Costs
You can help reduce carbon emissions and reduce the amount of fossil fuels used by the UK by reducing your energy consumption for air-conditioning. There are undoubtedly times when we need our air-conditioning but if we spend a few hours a year taking care of some loose ends, most of us can trim our air-conditioning energy consumption by between 20 and 30 percent and still be just as comfortable as we need to be.
These tips pertain to ensuring maximum efficiency of your air-conditioning unit.
Have the Unit(s) Checked – Have your air-conditioning units and systems checked and serviced at least once every 12 months. Make sure your Freon level is correct. A 10 percent reduction in the Freon level can increase operating costs by 20 percent. Likewise, dirty evaporators, condensers and blowers can increase the strain on the unit or heat pump by as much as 50 percent.
Check the Filter – In some cases, it is necessary to change the filter after Winter and then again during the peak of Summer heat. A dirty filter can greatly increase operational costs and render the unit ineffective.
Increase the Thermostat Temp – By increasing the thermostat temperature that controls the air-conditioner by two or three degrees, you can save about 10 percent of your energy costs.
Air-Conditioner Replacement – If your unit is old, consider replacing it with a more energy efficient model.
Insulate The Attic Floor – This will prevent hot attic air from warming the living and sleeping areas of the home.
Install An Attic Fan – Cooling the attic will pay big dividends in terms of energy consumption. For best results, apply about 12 inches of insulation.
Let Cool Air In – Try to capitalise on cool evenings by shutting your air-conditioner off and opening your windows.
Make the Home Airtight – Make sure air is not leaking through areas around doors or windows. Preventing heat from coming in the home and cool air from leaving the home requires an airtight space. If there are gaps around door or window frames, seal them.
Install Awnings – If there are windows that are particularly bright, install light coloured awnings to shield the sun.
Use Your Blinds – Pull the blinds or close curtains for windows where the sun beats into the home. Usually this would be on the side of the home where the afternoon sun beats brightest.
Follow these tips and you will see your Summer energy consumption decrease.
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