Between 50-70% of your home’s energy is used on heating and cooling. Make sure your air conditioner is running efficiently by performing the following simple tasks. Taking these steps to conserve energy can cut your bill by as much as $600 per year!
Keep heat out and block sunlight by drawing your curtains during the hottest part of the day. If you’re not sure what time the hottest part of the day is, follow this rule of thumb: Once daytime temperatures exceed a comfortable level, draw your curtains.
Run your ceiling fans in a counter-clockwise direction to cool the air inside of your home. The counter-clockwise direction draws cool air upward, increasing circulation and efficiency during summer months. It will take the strain off of your air conditioner and save you money on your energy bill.
Clean your outdoor air conditioning unit. As temperatures rise, your air conditioner kicks into overdrive. Unfortunately, the more the AC works, the more leaves, grass, airborne seeds and dirt get sucked into the outdoor air conditioning unit. Condensing coils loaded with pollen and dust shut off, leaving you with no AC, a very hot house and crabby inhabitants. To learn more about cleaning your outdoor air conditioning unit, read: Clean Your Outdoor Air Conditioning Unit.
Make sure your ducts are properly sealed. Leaking ductwork accounts for 25 percent of cooling costs. If you have central AC and your temperatures fluctuate drastically between rooms, then you probably have ducts that are leaking. Call a professional to have your ducts tightly sealed. While it may seem logical to try duct taping the leak yourself, professionals don’t recommend sealing air ducts with duct tape because it often does not seal properly and loosens over time.