20 Tips and Tricks
Get the most out of your A/C Unit
Air Conditioners might be the most useful invention humans have come up with. It’s a godsend in this hot weather. Saving money and getting the most out of our purchases is something we all strive for, and today we’re going to share with you 20 surefire ways you can get the most out of your Air Conditioner.
- Use your ceiling fan as well. Make sure to blow the air down; this will make the air temperature more even.
- Close off the doors to areas you don’t usually occupy. The lower floors as well, as cool air descends to the lower levels. Having them closed off will keep the cool air where you are.
- Ensure you have a proper seal on your windows & doors. For the price of weather-stripping, this can give you a BIG return on lower costs!
- Make sure that your condenser unit is clear and clean. If it isn’t, have it professionally cleaned.
- Clear off any debris or other material that can block the airflow of your air conditioning unit.
- Open your windows and doors at night; this will allow naturally cool air to enter your house.
- Close the drapes or blinds during the day as this will keep the heat from the sun from warming up the house.
- Switch to LED lights; they generate very little heat and save a ton on electricity costs.
- If you plant more trees around your home, they are nature’s own thermostat and will keep the area cooler.
- You must have proper attic ventilation, it will keep your home cooler, and reduce the chance of having roofing issues.
- By insulating your home, you will also keep the temperature down by a couple of degrees, eliminating much need for air conditioning.
- Install reflective solar screens or window film. It will reduce the amount of heat in your home.
- Have window fans in upper story windows, and blow the heat out. Heat rises, so it’s a quick way to get rid of it.
- Keep AC fan speeds at low. Only increase them if the weather is very humid outside.
- Use aluminum tape to seal duct joints.
- Wait until the cooler night time hours to run dishwashers and clothes dryers.
- Try to air dry your clothes and dishes as much as possible as appliances generate a lot of heat.
- Don’t place lamps or other heat sources near the thermostat.
- Turn off your gas fireplace pilot light.
- Use exhaust fans when you have a hot shower.
The key is to reduce the temperature as much as possible without using the AC, and keeping the heat out. The cooler it is, the lesser you’ll use the AC. Here’s hoping these tips save you enough money to enjoy cooling off with a few ice cream cones this Summer!