For the majority of people today, it's hard to live without AC. Thanks to AC, more people are living in the south. However, today's homes aren't made for cross-ventilation, and summers are getting hotter and hotter.
To make matters worse, air conditioning still uses a lot of power. It brings in the indoor heat (or cold) and uses energy to push it outdoors. At this point, the US consumes more electricity for AC than one billion people in Africa use for all their needs.
The good news is that people can do much more to make their AC run more efficiently. Here's what you need to know...
1) Close the leaks
No matter where you live, the primary thing you should do is seal any air leaks. Especially if you live in an older home that hasn't been air sealed, this might be a significant source of heat problems. Leaks in the attic can also result in a lot of heat gain. Also, be sure to get a blower door test done if you haven't had one yet.
2) Keep out sunlight and heat
ACs have made architects lazier. They no longer have to think about making the building energy-efficient; all they need to do is buy a big AC.
In addition to shading windows (with exterior blinds, if possible), there are other things that you can do, like using trees, pergolas, overhangs, and different kinds of shading methods.
3) Energy-efficient lighting
This is an old tip, but it bears repeating - many folks still use incandescent lighting bulbs. Switch them off or replace them.
If you happen to have an attic, ensure that the insulation is laid out evenly, and add more if possible. Also, bumpy insulation isn't as effective as smooth insulation.
5) Change some habits
Check your dryer vent. Alternatively, you can go old school and use a clothesline.
If it's hot, you can cook cooler foods and salads indoors and cook hotter foods outside on a barbecue.
6) Clear the way for airflow
There are many AC tips available, and our blog is the best source out there. The most common AC tip is to replace your filters. You should also make sure that the vents are clear of everything. Reduced airflow at the vents will increase the pressure on the duct system.
7) Duct systems
Duct systems in most homes are bad. The scale of badness can range from bad, to really bad, to really really bad. If you have a duct system in your home, be sure to check the ducts, fix and seal them off while keeping your outdoor unit free of obstructions, vegetation, and coverings.
8) Buy a smart thermostat
You can achieve high energy savings even in a leaky home with one of these devices. This person saw about a 15 percent savings on energy.
9) Install rooftop solar panels
Solar makes sense. After all, it's usually more hot when the sun is shining, and solar panels can help offset that extra solar consumption.
10) Balance lifestyle changes, new technology, and design tips.
One of the keys to running an AC efficiently is to reduce the amount of air conditioning that we need. To do this, we need to understand how people were able to cope before we had thermostats.
In conclusion, to reduce heating and cooling costs and increase comfort, we must design our homes properly, to begin with.
If you have more questions about how you can save money on air conditioning, feel free to contact us anytime, 24/7.
9/3/2020 10:47:32 pm
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9/3/2020 10:48:04 pm
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10/8/2020 06:42:55 am
As you mentioned, it is a good idea to make sure that the filter on your AC system gets changed on a regular basis. What is the recommendation on how frequently it should be changed? This is our first home with an AC unit, and we want to make sure we take care of it correctly.
10/22/2020 09:04:20 pm
I never knew that it is advisable to use solar panels to power our air conditioning system as it will be more energy-efficient and an eco-friendly alternative. My sister just bought a house and is planning to have air conditioning installed for her house. I will share this information with her when I speak with her later today.
12/8/2020 09:47:00 pm
I appreciate that this post reminded us that it is important for us to close the leaks when our HVAC is being repaired. It makes sense as it will avoid potential damages. I will be sure to close all the leaks before a new HVAC heating system is installed.
12/15/2020 10:39:54 pm
I appreciate that this post pointed out that one of the benefits of heating repair is that it ensures the heater is operating well. My wife mentioned our heater has been giving low heat. I will hire a contractor soon.
12/17/2020 01:21:51 pm
My cousin has been thinking about getting a new air conditioner system. She would really like to get it installed by a professional. I liked what you said about how she should make sure that insulation should be laid out evenly.
1/29/2021 02:12:54 pm
Thanks for the advice to fix leaks in an older home so you can have effective air conditioning. My parents just moved into an older home, and they plan on getting air conditioning. I'll tell them to hire a professional that can help them with fixing the leaks in their home before they get an air conditioning system.
2/5/2021 06:57:06 am
It really helped when you said it's important to check regularly your air conditioner's air ducts. It's been a while since I last used my cooling system, and with the hot months coming up soon, I'm worried about it not working properly since I heard it's important to keep it maintained, and I haven't even turned it on in months. That's why I think the best option would be to call a professional to check it out. I appreciate your tips about how to optimize your air conditioner unit.
2/5/2021 11:05:21 am
Thanks for explaining that we should use energy-efficient lighting and replace incandescent light bulbs in our home. My sister and her husband want to keep their home comfortable by having a new AC system installed next month. I'll have to pass along your advice so they can make small changes in other areas to increase the value of their new AC system.
2/24/2021 05:55:19 am
I want to make sure that my home is kept nice and cool, but I'm not sure how to go about it. It makes sense that I would want to get the right air conditioning system put in. I'll work with a professional to ensure that I do everything right.
2/24/2021 10:49:15 am
Thank you for explaining the importance of closing any leaks that may be present in your attic since they can cause your home's temperature to rise. My wife and I have been thinking about getting an air conditioner for our bedroom since our home gets especially hot during the summer, but we're worried that the hole in our attic may require the heater to be turned on throughout the day to keep our room cool. We'll make sure that we prepare our home before we install an air conditioner.
3/29/2021 01:32:41 pm
Thanks for the advice to seal up any leaks in your system. People might not understand this at first and assume they don't have leaks. It never hurts to look though.
3/29/2021 10:58:01 pm
Amazing Information Very Useful Tips for Cooling.
4/12/2021 07:31:55 am
I want to make sure that my air conditioning system works properly, but I'm not sure how to go about it. It makes sense that taking care of my ducts would be important! I'll be sure to keep an eye on them to ensure that they don't get too full of dust.
4/15/2021 06:53:55 am
The facts that have been discussed here are really important. Thank you so much for sharing a great post.
4/15/2021 06:56:15 am
Excellent explanation. Anyone can easily comprehend since it’s simple & focused. Keep up the great work!
4/17/2021 02:44:24 am
Thank you very much for sharing about tips to get more out of our air conditioning system here… I really hope I can work on your tips and it works for me too, I am happy to come across your article. Great post I must admit, keep sharing more…
4/29/2021 10:39:14 am
Thanks for explaining more about AC systems. I will have to look into getting filters. Until then, though, I need someone to make sure my AC unit is actually working.
5/12/2021 03:30:14 am
I am so happy I found your blog and I absolutely love your information about air conditioning system and it is wonderful to know about so many things that are useful for all of us! Thanks a lot for this amazing blog!
5/12/2021 10:26:32 am
I was never aware that it is important for us to keep our HVAC units away from direct sunlight. The other day my sister shared that she would like to have her HVAC system replaced. I will definitely keep this information in mind for future references.
5/17/2021 08:19:58 pm
It really helped when you said that we should design our homes properly to increase comfort and cooling costs. Our bedroom is in direct sunlight, so it gets too hot at times. I think we should look for a reliable air conditioning installation company, that complies with safety standards, to help our AC achieve maximum performance.
5/19/2021 10:00:23 am
My air conditioning system has been having trouble. I liked the tip about keeping out sunlight and heat. I will make sure to hire a good HBAC professional to fix it.
5/28/2021 12:44:22 pm
Thanks for mentioning the importance of insulation to get more out of your AC. I think it would also be smart to hire a professional repair service to make sure your AC is running properly. Thank you for your tips on maintaining your air conditioning.
6/1/2021 09:34:59 pm
Thank you for reminding us that when planning to have a our air conditioning repaired, it is important for us to ensure it is done by professionals. It makes sense as in doing so, we will be certain that it is done properly. I will keep this information in mind.
6/15/2021 01:19:39 pm
It was really helpful when you explained that it is important to seal the leaks in your home. I am wanting to upgrade my air conditioning system soon, and I imagine that leaks would make the new system very inefficient. It seems like I should have an HVAC expert seal the leaks in my home before I purchase the new system.
7/27/2021 08:42:22 am
I am thinking to purchase an AC. But I haven’t any previous experience that’s why I was searching suggestions on the internet. In your article, you share how we get more efficiency from AC which will be very beneficial to me. Thanks for sharing your valuable idea.
7/29/2021 03:47:01 pm
I appreciate that this post highlighted that it is important to ensure our air conditioning avoids direct sunlight. It makes sense for us to be mindful as it could damage the air conditioning system. Since I am looking to have a system installed, I will definitely keep this information in mind.
Thanks for pointing out that we should ensure that the airflow is clear to keep the duct system from having an increase in pressure. I will share this information with my husband since it might be the cause of the issue with our unit. Now, we need an air conditioner repairer to check our unit because it is not working smoothly making the house hot these days.
8/14/2021 09:22:22 am
The attention to detail was wonderful and I can’t stop imagining how much effort you put on AC maintenance.
8/24/2021 10:37:32 pm
Thanks for helping me understand that it is best to replace the filters when needed to ensure that the vent is clear. I will keep that in mind now that I am starting to look for an air conditioning installation service for my new house this weekend. This tip will ensure that I will be able to take care of the unit in the long run.
9/21/2021 02:41:23 pm
We have been struggling to keep our apartment cool this summer. I can hear the A/C kick on, but it only cools part of the house. I wonder if maybe it's due to poor duct systems, like you mentioned, or if the unit isn't functioning properly. We will be sure to have a professional come check it out.
12/25/2021 06:47:35 am
The HVAC system and its components shall be designed and protected to ensure that it will remain operative during incidents in which the system has a role as or forms a safety barrier.
12/30/2021 06:32:45 am
To keep our environment to our desired temperature, the air conditioning system is the device that helps us achieve that. The system is so common that one can experience its effect anywhere we enter.
1/3/2022 06:33:20 am
I want to make sure that I get my air conditioning system put together properly. It makes sense that I would want to get a professional to install that for me! That seems like the best way to ensure that it works effectively for me.
3/7/2022 09:35:51 pm
I like how you mentioned that proper installation is important to prevent future problems. My sister mentioned to me last night that they are hoping to find a reliable service as they are planning to have a new air conditioning unit installed in their home and asked if I have any idea what is the best option to do. Thank you for the tips on how we can maintain our unit and I'll be sure to tell her that consulting a trusted air conditioning installation service can help them with a proper installation to prevent issues.
3/7/2022 10:26:23 pm
Great Article.Thanks for sharing. I have been searching for such an informative post since many days and it seems my search just ended here.Good work. Keep posting.
3/8/2022 11:21:57 am
Thank you for explaining that you should check your duct systems and fix and seal them off so that they function optimally. My husband and I have been considering having someone check out our system before the weather starts to warm up again. We'll be sure to have them come out and check our duct systems so everything will run well this spring.
3/8/2022 03:13:47 pm
I'm glad that you talked about the importance of being aware of the energy cost of your unit to prevent misunderstandings. My aunt mentioned to me last night that they are hoping to find a reliable air conditioning service as they are planning to have a new air conditioning unit installed in their home and asked if I have any idea what is the best option to do. Thank you for the tips on how we can maintain our unit and I'll be sure to tell her that consulting a trusted air conditioning installation service can help them with allt the right advice.
It's awesome that this article talked about the importance of having care for your unit to prevent major damages and problems. My aunt mentioned to me last night that they are hoping to find a reliable air conditioning service as they are planning to have a new air conditioning unit installed in their home and asked if I have any idea what is the best option to do. Thank you for the tips on how we can maintain our unit and I'll be sure to tell her that consulting a trusted air conditioning installation service can help them with the proper location of installation.
3/23/2022 04:43:07 pm
I'm glad that you talked about the importance of cleaning the airflow to prevent clogging that may cause problems. My aunt mentioned to me last night that they are hoping to find a reliable air conditioning service for a cool environment in their home, and heasked if I have any idea what is the best option to do. Thank you for the tips on how we can maintain our unit and I'll be sure to tell her that consulting a trusted air conditioning installation service can help them with the proper location of installation.
3/29/2022 01:29:25 am
It is a great article discussing about how important that each ac owner take care of their ac units and how beneficial it is to make sure that our ac units are well maintained!
5/19/2022 09:27:35 pm
I appreciated how this post mentioned that designing our homes with proper ventilation can help reduce heating and cooling costs. My friend is needing an AC system for the new home she purchased. I should advise her to hire a contractor that specializes in residential air conditioning installation.
9/30/2022 07:38:47 am
I like that this post stressed that one of the best ways to optimize our air conditioning unit is to close the leaks. It makes sense as it ensures it is efficient. I think I will call a contractor to have my unit inspected.
10/12/2022 03:41:13 pm
I appreciate what you said about using shading to make the house energy efficient. My coils seem to be fried. I'll have to consider getting a contractor to replace them.
10/26/2022 02:47:07 am
I agree. Air conditioners circulate and filter air, removing pollutants and mold from the air. This is especially important for people who suffer from allergies and asthma because it minimizes the irritants that trigger an attack.
12/26/2022 03:54:55 am
Nice post, nice information
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