Save Money on Air Conditioning

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Here are seven easy things you can do to save money on air conditioning / electrical costs:

  1. Replace filters every three months. Clean filters reduce fan pressure, requiring less energy.
  2. Make sure the area around the unit is free of grass clippings, leaves, and other debris.
  3. Operate with  fan switch on “auto”, instead of the ‘on’ position so that the fan runs only when the compressor runs.
  4. A  programmable thermostat set slightly higher during off-hours can save up to 10% in cooling costs a year.
  5. Draw shades, hopefully insulated shades, especially on the southern facing windows to minimize the amount of hot sunlight entering the room.
  6. Use efficient lighting such as LED lights that do not give off excessive heat.
  7. Ceiling fans can reduce the need for AC, resulting in a potential 15 percent savings.

An annual inspection by a licensed technician can further reduce your risk of lost business, repair and energy costs. A technician will:

  1. Check electrical connections for looseness, and signs of moisture, damage or corrosion.
  2. Recommend a power protection device to protect the unit from brownouts, power surges or lightning.
  3. Check lubricating oil in the compressor’s crankcase heater.
  4. Check that the condenser is clean and surrounding area is free of vegetation, trash and stored materials. A dirty unit can increase power consumption by 10%.
  5. Keep surfaces of the cooling coils clean with filters.
  6. Check for proper refrigerant levels.

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