Whether you have a brand-new air conditioner, or you are still using the original one that came with your home, you never want to spend more on your electric bill than you need to. If you are looking to improve air conditioner efficiency, you have come to the right place. Here are four tips that help you use your air conditioning in the most efficient way:
Pay Attention to the Outdoor Temperature
While most people only pay attention to the number on the thermostat, it is also important to take notice of the temperature outside. The larger the difference between the two temps, the harder your air conditioner has to work, so try to keep the temp difference no more than 40-ish degrees between the two. If you can, you will greatly improve your air conditioner efficiency.
Leave the Thermostat Alone
When you get home from a long day and the house is uncomfortably hot, it can be tempting to crank the temp way down to cool it off quickly. But this is very inefficient for your air conditioner. You are better off choosing one temperature that you can live with (as high as you can handle), and keeping it set to that all day. Your air conditioner doesn’t have to work nearly as hard to maintain the temperature throughout the day as it does when you suddenly want to cool the house down when you get home.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
If your home still uses a lever handle to make adjustments, then it’s time to upgrade. A digital thermostat will improve air conditioner efficiency tremendously, simply because it is capable of maintaining a steady temperature throughout the day. You can also program it to fluctuate a few degrees up or down when you are out of the house, so you no longer have to worry about adjusting it manually. Even if you already have a digital thermostat, make sure there are no heat sources located nearby that could be incorrectly triggering the unit to turn on.
Change Your Air Filters
Yes, this is common advice. But you’d be surprised at how many people don’t think this is important for air conditioner efficiency. When the filter is dirty, the air conditioner has to work much harder to cycle the air through, so you want to make sure to change them every three months at the most. Just put a reminder in your calendar now so you don’t forget (three months goes by a lot faster than most people realize).
At North American Power, we are all about you saving money on your electric bill. So, while the aforementioned tips are absolutely beneficial, you may also want to look into choosing your own energy provider. By choosing us as a third-party energy provider, you can cut back on your energy expenses even more. Contact us today to learn more.
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