The bulk of the energy used in a typical single family residence will be for heating and cooling purposes. Most often approximately 55% of the total energy consumption of a residence will be used for these purposes. Regardless of the kind of HVAC systems that are in your home, you can reduce expense and increase your comfort level by regularly maintaining and upgrading your system.
You should recognize that an air conditioner that is energy efficient, by itself, will not have as large of an effect upon your energy consumption as an approach that will take the entire residence into consideration. If you can combine equipment upgrades and maintenance with weatherization, insulation upgrades, and a programmable thermostat, you can reduce your energy consumption significantly.
Energy Saving Tips For Cooling
1. Make use of house fans. Fans help to cool down your residence by circulating air that is cool throughout your home. Fans have their greatest efficacy when the air temperature outdoors is reduced, typically in the evening. In addition, an attic fan can be useful for eliminating hot air that collects in your attic. These fans will increase the efficiency of your air conditioners.
2. If you can increase the setting of your thermostat to a level that is still comfortable and minimize the difference between the outdoor and indoor temperatures, you will use considerably less energy and reduce your energy bill.
3. Set the speed of your air conditioner’s fan on its highest setting, unless the weather is excessively humid. Lower fan speeds will help to remove more moisture from the air in very humid conditions.
4. Make use of ceiling fans to increase the circulation of air that is cooled. This will make the cooling process more efficient and further reduce your power consumption.
5. Make sure televisions, lamps and other heat generating appliances are not adjacent to your thermostat. This will increase the air temperature around the thermostat and cause your unit to work harder.
6. Make sure your air conditioning units are shaded by shrubs or trees, but be certain the airflow to the unit is not impeded. An air conditioning unit that is operating in shade will use less power than a unit that is in direct sunlight.
7. Make sure that shades are drawn on the east, west, and south facing windows during hours when sunlight is most intense. When the air outside is cooler windows and shades can be opened, for instance, during the early morning hours.
8. When your residence will be unoccupied for an extended time period, turn your AC unit off. You can make use of a thermostat that is programmable to turn your unit on and off during hours when you know it will not be occupied.
Have A Energy Audit Done On Your Residence
In addition to the above steps, to increase the overall efficiency of your home, it’s a good idea to have a complete energy audit done. This audit will evaluate far more than your cooling and heating systems and it can identify steps you can take to make your residence much more efficient. This audit may have recommendations that involve insulation, window quality, duct work, and much more to further increase the efficiency of your home and reduce energy consumption.
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Vince Bradley is an appliance repair technician. He is specializing in kitchen appliance repair. He likes to write and give advise about how to maintain kitchen appliances in good condition and also how to repair a broken home appliance. He is works for ABCAuthorizedRepair in Studio City, CA.