Save Energy on your AC

As much as half of the energy used in your home goes toward heating and cooling, so when it comes to saving on your utility bills, a great place to start is by looking at ways to reduce energy demand from your heating and cooling system.

In addition to replacing old, inefficient equipment before it fails, Perry provides the following tips, tools and calculators to help you make energy saving solutions.

Save Energy on your AC

Postby Service » Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:37 am

Change the air filter. Check the furnace filter and change it if it’s dirty, or according to the manufacturer’s recommendation. Regularly changing the filter keeps dust from collecting on the coil fins. Keeping your filter clean also can cut energy consumption 5 percent to 15 percent. Turn off the power to the furnace before pulling the filter out so the blower doesn’t come on and blow dust throughout the system. Be sure to position the filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Clear away debris such as leaves, grass, weeds and plants that block airflow through the outdoor condensing unit, which is the large metal box in your yard next to your home. Anything that collects on the unit’s fins will block airflow and reduce its efficiency. Grass clippings thrown by the lawn mower are particularly common offenders.
Occasionally clean the outdoor condensing unit by spraying it with a hose.
Check to make sure air conditioning vents inside your home are not obstructed by furniture.
Close off unused rooms and close vents in those rooms.
Set the fan speed on high except in very humid weather. When it's humid, set the speed on low; you will get less cooling, but the air circulation will make it feel cooler.
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