Summer isn’t over yet, here are some energy saving tips Buying a bigger room air-conditioning unit won’t necessarily make you feel more comfortable during the hot summer months. In fact, a room air conditioner that’s too big for the area it is supposed to cool will perform less efficiently and less effectively than a smaller, properly sized unit.
Sizing is equally important for central air-conditioning systems, which need to be sized by professionals. If you have a central air system in your home, set the fan to shut off at the same time as the cooling unit. In other words, use circulating fans in individual rooms rather then using your systems fan.
- Whole-house fans help cool your home by pulling cool air through the house and exhausting warm air through the attic.
- Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be.
- Avoid setting your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It won’t cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense.
- Consider using an interior fan in conjunction with your window air conditioner to spread the cooled air more effectively through your home without greatly increasing your power use.
- Avoid placing lamps or TV sets near your air-conditioning thermostat. The thermostat senses heat from these appliances, which can cause the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
- If your air conditioner is old, consider purchasing a new, energy-efficient model. You could save up to 50% on your utility bill for cooling. Look for the ENERGY STAR and EnergyGuide labels.
- Consider installing a whole-house fan or evaporative cooler if appropriate for your climate. Check out http://energy.gov/energysaver/energy-saver for more information on efficient cooling.
About Energy Savers
The Energy Savers web site shows you how easy it is to reduce your energy use. The easy, practical solutions for saving energy include tips you can use today, throughout your home—from the roof, walls, and insulation that enclose it to the appliances and lights inside. To learn more about U.S. Department of Energy programs in energy efficiency and renewable energy, visit the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s web site.
Maintaining your Air Conditioning system is important, by doing so you will have less need for repairs. Here is a nice article from Energy.gov
An air conditioner’s filters, coils, and fins require regular maintenance for the unit to function effectively and efficiently throughout its years of service. Neglecting necessary maintenance ensures a steady decline in air conditioning performance while energy use steadily increases. Check out our Energy Saver 101 Infographic: Home Cooling for more ways to help improve your comfort and the efficiency of your air conditioner.
Air Conditioner Filters
The most important maintenance task that will ensure the efficiency of your air conditioner is to routinely replace or clean its filters. Clogged, dirty filters block normal airflow and reduce a system’s efficiency significantly. With normal airflow obstructed, air that bypasses the filter may carry dirt directly into the evaporator coil and impair the coil’s heat-absorbing capacity. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%.
For central air conditioners, filters are generally located somewhere along the return duct’s length. Common filter locations are in walls, ceilings, furnaces, or in the air conditioner itself. Room air conditioners have a filter mounted in the grill that faces into the room.
Some types of filters are reusable; others must be replaced. They are available in a variety of types and efficiencies. Clean or replace your air conditioning system’s filter or filters every month or two during the cooling season. Filters may need more frequent attention if the air conditioner is in constant use, is subjected to dusty conditions, or you have fur-bearing pets in the house.
Air Conditioner Coils
The air conditioner’s evaporator coil and condenser coil collect dirt over their months and years of service. A clean filter prevents the evaporator coil from soiling quickly. In time, however, the evaporator coil will still collect dirt. This dirt reduces airflow and insulates the coil, reducing its ability to absorb heat. To avoid this problem, check your evaporator coil every year and clean it as necessary.
Outdoor condenser coils can also become very dirty if the outdoor environment is dusty or if there is foliage nearby. You can easily see the condenser coil and notice if dirt is collecting on its fins.
You should minimize dirt and debris near the condenser unit. Your dryer vents, falling leaves, and lawn mower are all potential sources of dirt and debris. Cleaning the area around the coil, removing any debris, and trimming foliage back at least 2 feet (0.6 meters) allow for adequate airflow around the condenser.
The aluminum fins on evaporator and condenser coils are easily bent and can block airflow through the coil. Air conditioning wholesalers sell a tool called a “fin comb” that will comb these fins back into nearly original condition.
Occasionally pass a stiff wire through the unit’s drain channels. Clogged drain channels prevent a unit from reducing humidity, and the resulting excess moisture may discolor walls or carpet.
Window Seals for Room Air Conditioners
At the start of each cooling season, inspect the seal between the air conditioner and the window frame to ensure it makes contact with the unit’s metal case. Moisture can damage this seal, allowing cool air to escape from your house.
Preparing for Winter
In the winter, either cover your room air conditioner or remove and store it. Covering the outdoor unit of a central air conditioner will protect the unit from winter weather and debris.
Energy Saving Agreements
Home comfort systems need to be regularly maintained to optimize their efficiency and safety. A regular checkup and adjustment will keep the system operating longer and save you money on your utility bills. Horsch & Miller can tailor a maintenance program for you with anywhere from one- to three-year plans to keep your equipment running efficiently and virtually trouble-free.
When you sign up for an Energy Savings Agreement, you will have peace of mind knowing your comfort system is running smoothly and will be operating when it is needed most. As an ESA customer, you will receive discounts on repairs and NO OVERTIME charges on after hours emergency repairs. You will be considered a preferred customer and get priority status for scheduling. These agreements are a wise investment in preventive maintenance to avoid “surprise” problems.
If you would like to find out how you can save money on your heating & air conditioning repairs & become one of our top priority customers, please give us a call today. 262-644-5466
Horsch & Miller Inc., is committed to providing our customers with top quality products, installations and service. Our commitment extends to providing employees with apprenticeship programs and continuing education classes. We provide our customers with the most complete, efficient job: excellent workmanship and warranty, followed by spotless clean-up, from the most experienced, knowledgeable, and fully-trained team of professional technicians in the area.
Horsch & Miller Plumbing and Heating 136 Kettle Moraine Drive North Slinger, WI 53086 Phone: 262-644-5466