Heading into fall, you may not think about your air conditioner, its energy use or costs, but it’s actually a good time to look back at how much you’re air conditioner system cost you and how efficient it was operating. In the series of helpful infographics below, you’ll learn everything you need to know about air conditioners. You’ll also find helpful energy saving tips and other energy solutions.
Nearly 2/3 of all homes in the United States have air conditioners. Homeowners spend about $11 Billion dollars every year to power their air conditioners. On average 6 percent of a household’s energy is attributed to space cooling.
Energy Saving Tip: It may sound too easy, but regularly cleaning your air cooling unit’s air filters is the quickest way to save energy on home cooling. When replacing your unit’s air filter, we also recommend cleaning the grill of any excess debris as it could just collect quickly on the new filter before having a chance to filter normally. The air handler, where the air filter is housed, should be clear of anything blocking it so that it has enough space to filter the air that’s used to cool your home.
Ever wonder how an air conditioning system works?
Energy Saving Tip: Use a fan to cool down. Ceiling fans can provide a cooling effect of about 4 degrees without having to lower the thermostat without affecting comfort. Stay cool and save money.
Do you know what a split system is?
A spilt system is becoming popular as it helps only cool spaces in your home that you are using while it’s occupied. New thermostats have what’s called “geo-tracking” for standard a/c systems that track whether the home is occupied or not and regulates the temperature as needed to help reduce energy use and costs.
Energy Saving Tip: Home appliances can heat your home significantly. On hot days, consider using an outdoor grill to prepare food instead of your oven.
Here are some great tips to maintaining your home’s air conditioning system. Annual maintenance will help improve your comfort and the efficiency of your home air conditioner while prolonging the life of your unit.
Energy Saving Tip: Using a bathroom fan when taking a shower or bath and a range ventilation hood when cooking helps remove the heat and humidity from your home.
Have an issue with your air conditioner but not sure if you have to call a technician to fix it? Here’s a list of common problems with air conditioners and what causes them. Many of these issues can be solved without calling a technician to fix it as long as you understand what’s causing it.
Whether your looking to change your system or evaluate your current system and its energy use and costs, these tips help you understand how to do that a little better.
Here’s more energy saving tips provided by the Department of Energy. For more energy savings tips, or other energy solutions, contact Radiant Energy today.