According to the Department Of Energy, heating and cooling make up half of the total utility expenses in a household in the United States. So it also follows that the AC unit constitutes the largest slice of the pie in terms of your monthly utility bill.
If this is the case, then is there any way for us to save money while using our air conditioning and heating units? Take a look at these simple things you can do around the home to keep your system running strong.
Routine Cleaning Around The Outdoor Condenser Unit
This part of your AC system is a magnet for dirt and debris. Even hosing it down in the summer time can greatly improve extending the life of your compressor. There are some great tutorials out there on how to do it yourself! This is one of the best and easiest things you can do. We recommend cleaning the condenser coils at both the start of the season in the early spring and then fall just before it starts to dip down cooler. Especially if you have a heat pump!
Adjust The Thermostat By A Few Degrees
Typically, adjusting your AC temperature during summer (and a couple of degrees down during winter) does have a significant effect on your monthly energy consumption. And the good thing about this is that you can program this device to change the temperature at different periods of the day or during times when you’re going out for several hours.
Use The Vacuum To Keep Indoor Vents Unblocked
Another no-cost trick to make your air conditioning unit more efficient is to remove dust and debris from the indoor vents using a vacuum cleaning. You may not be aware of this but dust buildup impedes the airflow of your AC system. So removing these impurities will help maintain a steady airflow and allow your cooling and heating appliance to operate more effectively than the usual.
Avoid Placing Lamps And Other Heat-Producing Devices Near The Thermostat
This is also necessary so that your thermostat will function properly as the presence of any heating appliances near this device will create a false reading. In short, it will only indicate that your home needs to be cooled even more and run longer (and work harder) than it’s supposed to.
Avoid Using Your Oven And Dryer During The Hottest Time Of The Day
And finally, your air conditioning unit can be more energy-efficient just by changing the time when you are using the oven or dryer. To be specific, running these appliances will only produce warm air. And as a result, your AC system will have to work harder just to create a desirable temperature for your home.