Posted on: 8 December 2014
When the long, dark and cold days of winter set in, it's hard to think about your air conditioning system. But if you go through and look at how much money you spent last summer on air conditioning, you may want to start preparing and considering ways for you to save money during the upcoming and future cooling seasons. Here are some tips for you to do just that.
Program Your Temperature
Don't just put your air conditioning in and then be done with it. If your system is controlled by a thermostat, you should invest in a programmable one. You don't need to cool the house that much when you're not home, and just keep it at a comfortable temperature when you're sleeping at night. Not to mention, you can use the programmable thermostat while you're heating your home during the winter for even more savings.
Check the Air Filter
You want to be sure to check and clean the filter. A dirty, clogged filter will reduce your air conditioners' efficiency level because the unit will have to work more to push the air through the filter. Consult with your unit's user guide to determine how often you should change the filter out, but on average you should change it out at the beginning of each season, and clean it when it becomes clogged with debris.
An Annual Check-Up
One of the best ways for you to stay on top of any issues is to have a contractor come out to do an energy audit on your unit once a year. They can diagnose any problems that you may be having with the system and repair them so your unit is not wasting additional energy.
Go Small and Efficient
You may want to consider a window air conditioner as it uses a lot less energy and is a smaller investment than a central air conditioning system. You may not need a full-house system, and you can certainly save a lot of money if you just put units in a few rooms you need to keep cool, such as your living room and maybe the home's bedrooms.
There are many units available now that are labeled for energy efficiency, as they are made with newer standards that operate using less energy. A local HVAC contractor can give you a number of different options and more information for you to choose from in order to find the unit that is right for you.