Energy Efficiency: 7 Air Conditioning Efficiency Tips

An open bedroom window to let cool evening air inside and keep the air conditioning system efficient.
May 2017 11

Summer is on it’s way here, and if you aren’t already using your air conditioner, you will need it soon. And since cooling expenses can make up over half of your utility bill in the summer, our HVAC experts made up a list that could help you save money while staying cool this summer. Below are 7 air conditioning efficiency tips that are low cost and will help you make the most of you system, ensure it’s running effectively and keeps you cool during the hot summer days.

1. Have your AC unit serviced.

This is the number one tip we give to our clients who want to keep their equipment efficient. Changing the filters regularly, keeping the unit clean and clear of any debris ensures your unit isn’t working harder than it should, and hiring a professional for AC maintenance at the start of the season ensures that it is in the best, most efficient condition possible.

2. Check your air ducts.

An air duct inspection ensures that your ducts are clean and well insulated, which means that you aren’t losing your cool air to leaks. When your air ducts are clean your AC also won’t need to work extra hard to pump the air through dust buildup and blockages, resulting in lower energy bills.

3. Don’t try to compensate heat build up by turning the controls to the maximum.

The AC works most efficiently when it’s running for long periods at a constant temperature, and it’s best to start cooling slowly, earlier in the day.

4. Try setting your thermostat at 78 degrees.

This is the optimal temperature for your AC to run efficiently. It will run steadily, keeping you and your home cool and comfortable. Generally, keeping the temperature between 75 to 80 degrees can cut power consumption by 15 percent.

5. Shut the drapes during the hot hours and when you leave the house.

This will keep sunlight out and allow the air that is already cool stay that way, meaning your AC unit won’t have to work as hard to keep your home comfortable.

6. Use ceiling fans if you have them.

They help circulate the cool air provided by your air conditioner, meaning you will need to use your AC less. Besides, ceiling fans use less energy that your air conditioning unit.

7. Reduce the cooling at night.

Let your house cool down naturally when you are going to bed - open the windows and let the cool air inside and set the thermostat to a higher temperature so it won’t work as much while you’re sleeping. If your thermostat has a “sleep mode”, utilize it to lower the energy consumption during the night.

Stay energy efficient with HVAC Experts

When it comes to keeping HVAC equipment efficient, we’re the experts you can count on. We have over 25 years of experience with various makes and models of heating air conditioning units, and know how to take care of them. So, if you have any questions about your equipment, we will be happy to answer them. Just call us at (630) 216-8883 or drop us a line here and we’ll get back to you.