As the temperature rises, so does the electric bill. Running your air conditioner during the summer months is quite costly, but with these simple tips, you won’t have to sacrifice your comfort to save some money.
1. Make Sure Your Air Conditioner is the Right Size
When it comes to maximizing your comfort while minimizing your electric bill, size matters. If you purchase an air conditioner that’s too large, you could be throwing money away. However, if you purchase an air conditioner that’s too small, it’s likely you’re not cooling your space efficiently. Having the right size air conditioning system is key. Whether you have a window air conditioner unit or a portable air conditioning unit, you need to make … Read more...
When the temperatures rise and air conditioners come out, there are some important things you should know about your units. Here are 5 things to watch out for and techniques for increasing the life and efficiency of your air conditioners:
1. Change the filter often during the cooling season
While your air conditioner is cooling you off, it’s acting as an air purifier and prevents outside debris from blowing into your home. When was the last time you took a look at your unit’s air filter? Cleaning or changing it will increase efficiency, decrease your energy bill, and can potentially benefit your family’s health. Make a mental note to clean the filter at least once a month in the summer … Read more...
Choosing the right air conditioner unit, when central HVAC may not an option, involves several factors. To determine what type of air conditioner to buy, consider the following questions:
- What type of window space can I install a unit in?
- Is an in-wall or slide-out unit possible?
- How many BTUs do I need to effectively cool the room?
- Will it need to be portable?
You may also need to factor in the ease of installation and the energy efficiency the AC unit offers.
Types of air conditioners vary depending upon the window space available. A vertically
hung sash window that opens up and down typically can accommodate a standard window air conditioner, while a slider/casement style AC … Read more...
As the temperatures rise, so do energy costs. We all know running the air conditioner during the summer months can be quite costly, but a cool home doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are some tips on how to keep your air conditioner running efficiently while keeping those energy bills low, without compromising your comfort.
Keep the Cool In and the Heat Out
Make sure your home is properly sealed. Check your attic to make sure it has been properly insulated. If you can see the attic joists, you will need to add more insulation. Check your windows and doors for drafts and seal up any cracks with caulking or weather stripping.
Help Your Air Conditioner Breathe
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