This summer has been a hot and steamy one - and the price of comfort this time of year can be expensive! Luckily there are some steps you can take to keep your home cool, while running your air conditioning unit efficiently!
Clean the filter:
You should take out your air filters and give them a good cleaning every few weeks. Depending on what kind of air conditioning unit you have, you may be able to clean the filters even more often. If you’re using a window-style or standalone unit, it’s easy to take out, rinse and scrub the filters and have them back in the unit in a few minutes.
Raise the thermostat or temperature setting a few degrees:
While this is one of the easiest ways to save money while using your air conditioning unit, many are hesitant to do so! Even turning your temperature up before you go to sleep can help reduce usage and make a difference on your energy bill.
Avoid “auto” mode:
When your unit is in auto mode it works to maintain a stable temperature, meaning that when your room gets too cold it will heat it back up to maintain the original temperature - and vice versa when the room is too hot. Because it’s constantly working hard to maintain this temperature, your air conditioner uses a lot of energy, which can be reflected in your energy bill.
Clean the coils:
The coils are what moves the hot air out and cold air in, and they too attract dirt and dust. You can use an old toothbrush to clear away as much dirt as you can, then use a damp cloth dipped in warm, soapy water to remove the rest. Make sure you pat everything dry before turning your unit on again.
Turn on the fan (if you have a central air conditioning unit):
The fan helps circulate cool air, and reduces stress on your unit.
Hose off the outdoor unit (if you have a central air conditioning unit):
With the condenser constantly pulling air in to cool it, it is also pulling in lots of dirt and debris. If this debris isn’t cleared away, it will drag down your air conditioning. Make sure to power down the unit before turning on the hose.