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Energy Saving Tips
- Manufacturers recommend setting your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home and 85 degrees or off when you are away. For each degree you raise your thermostat setting, you reduce seasonal cooling costs by 6 to 8 percent.
- Using ceiling or room fans allows you to set the thermostat higher because the air movement will cool the room (make sure the fan is set to the correct directional flow of air).
- Air conditioner filters should be checked monthly and replaced if dirty.
- Be sure your air conditioner is not blocked. A free flowing air conditioner operates most efficiently. Be sure the return air grill inside your house is not blocked by furniture or other items.
- Eliminate activities in the afternoon that require a great deal of in and out through the doors of your home. This allows cool air to escape and hot air to enter the home.
- Keep lights off when rooms are not in use. Lights generate heat that makes your air conditioner run more.
- Try to wash and dry clothes, iron and cook in the morning or later in the evening.
- Another simple way to save water AND energy is to take shorter showers. You'll use less hot water - and water heaters account for nearly 1/4 of your home's energy use.
- If you need to leave a security light on over night, change the incandescent bulb to a compact fluorescent. It will last months and maybe years and save you energy and money. Some compact fluorescent bulbs even come in yellow so they won't attract bugs.
- Reduce water heater temperature to 130° F to save energy and money on heating water; and wrap the water storage tank in a specially - designed “blanket” to retain the heat.
- Wash clothes in cold water and you can save over $60 a year.
- If you have a fireplace, close the damper when you don't have a fire burning. An open fireplace damper is like having an open window!
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- Leaking ductwork accounts for 25 percent of cooling costs in an average home, so have your air ducts tested and have any leaks or restrictions repaired by a qualified contractor. Note: duct cleaning is not the same as duct sealing. As of October 1, 2005, if you install a new central air conditioner or furnace, your ducts will have to be inspected ( Save: 10 -20 percent ).
- If existing insulation level is R-19 or less, consider insulating your attic to at least R-30 ( Save up to 10 percent ).
- Caulk and weather-strip leaky windows and doors.
- If your windows are due for replacement, ENERGY STAR® windows can make your house more comfortable year-round (Save: up to 10 percent )
- Consider replacing an old air conditioner with a high efficiency unit (new air conditioners use up to 40% less electricity than older models).
- If you suspect your air conditioning system is not cooling properly, have it checked promptly. A unit that is having operational problems can cause extremely high bills.
- Contact AC Mechanix if you would like to schedule for an appointment or if you have any other questions.