The Okanagan summer’s are beautiful but hot, and chances are you have an air conditioner in your home. That cool air sure is sweet on a scorching summer day, but the sting in your energy bill can be bitter. Smart homeowners are always on the lookout for ways to save energy, and investing in a high efficiency air conditioner makes good sense.
While in the long run a high efficiency air conditioner lowers your summer bills, it is an expensive item to invest in. If you’re not ready to spend that kind of money, there are a few basic things you can do to help your current air conditioning running as efficient as possible, and to help lower your energy bills during the hot summer months.
If you have a window mounted AC unit, be sure the seal around it doesn’t have any gaps. It sounds like common sense, but it’s an easy one to overlook and it’s a simple way to increase efficiency.
While we know that we should turn off your AC when we don’t need it, such as at night, its easy to forget. Try using an AC timer to regulate the hours when your AC is on and off.
Many homeowners try to help the air conditioner along by turning on ceiling fans throughout the house. The idea being that this helps spread the cold air more evenly. In fact, if it was properly installed, your home’s AC has already been set to circulate the air in a specific pattern. Turning on fans disrupts that pattern, and can actually make your AC unit work harder.
We all want to reduce our energy consumption, and we know that our air conditioning unit can be be a heavy drain. Even if you’re not ready to update your unit, with a few simple measures you can keep your existing AC unit working at its most efficient.
Keep in mind it’s not just your AC that needs to run efficiently. All your heating and cooling units need some regular maintenace and car to ensure they are operating at their best and keeping your bills down.