August 15, 2019 Uncategorized

Regardless of what kind of air conditioner you run (whether a window type, portable, ductless, or central), you are probably already aware that operating it this summer considerably increases your power costs.

Let’s take a typical central air conditioner for an example, which commonly uses 3,500 watts. Based on the average U.S. per kWh rate of 13.2 cents in 2018, and if you’re going to run your AC for about 8 hours per day, it will cost you $3.70 per day to run. That’s ultimately $110.88 if you run it at the same settings for a month.

Since home cooling is a necessity during the hottest parts of the year, you would want to at least minimize your air conditioner’s operational costs.

Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning, your trusted HVAC company in Ramsey MN offers you tips on who to keep your cooling costs down.

Choose economical AC settings.

One of the most effective ways to lower your cooling bill is by pairing your AC with a smart thermostat, which is able to learn your daily schedules and set the system up accordingly.

If you do not have a smart thermostat or if your existing AC is not compatible for one, you can opt to get a programmable thermostat instead. According to the Department of Energy, you can easily lower your cooling bill by as much as ten percent just by setting your air conditioner as high as is comfortably possible. This means that you can increase the temperature when you’re out or asleep.

In addition, make sure there is a small difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures. Try setting your thermostat to 78 degrees instead of 72 degrees. This alone can slash as much as 18 percent off your cooling costs.

Keep your AC clean inside and out.

The easiest thing you can do to reduce your cooling costs this summer is by regularly managing your filters. Clogged filters restrict the airflow, causing your air conditioner to work with an unnecessary burden. As a result, more energy is used. To avoid this, be sure to clean or replace your filters regularly.

From time to time, you also need to check the outdoor unit. Simple things like cleaning and dusting off the compressor can contribute to better performance. Keep your outdoor unit free from dust, dirt, and debris to allow it to operate smoothly, which minimizes energy consumption. This is beneficial not only because it lowers your energy use, but it also helps clean your indoor air.

Add some shade.

While you can’t tell the sun to cool down, you can sure help minimize the heat by using natural shade. This way, your AC doesn’t have to work so hard, and your cooling costs will be lowered.

To achieve this, keep your curtains, drapes, and blinds closed, especially during the hottest parts of the day. In doing so, you are keeping the hot air and the sun’s rays out. The outcome: your AC doesn’t have to run all the time to maintain a comfortable temperature.

Absorbing heat can be significantly reduced if your windows are properly configured. Tinted windows can block some of the sun’s heat into your home, causing your AC to run with ease.

Also, try adding trees, vines, and shrubs into the mix. These are natural shade-makers you can use for your home. Positioning plants on the south and west sides of your house in front of windows help create a much cooler indoor environment. Moreover, have your outdoor unit shaded by plants and shrubs to increase its efficiency by up to 10 percent.

If possible, cook outside.

Your stove and oven circulate hot air throughout your home. So, if it’s possible, try cooking outside in order to keep your indoor temperature low and avoid making your air conditioner work as hard, especially in the dining and kitchen areas.

Schedule a professional AC maintenance.

The single most effective way to ensure your air conditioner runs in tip-top shape is to have it maintained by a qualified technician. Marsh Heating and Air Conditioning has teams of knowledgeable and friendly AC experts who can clean your cooling system through and through, make sure it has the right level of refrigerant, and that your ductwork is in great shape. We are your reliable Elk River AC maintenance company.