Increasing the efficiency of your air conditioner!
3 tips for improving energy efficiency
As costs for energy continue to grow, you might be searching for methods to make your cooling system more efficient. However, money may be a bit tight, and you may not want to invest a great deal to accomplish this task. What are some ways you can make your air conditioner run less, and deliver cooler air, which won’t cost very much? The good news is, there are several options which you can use, which we will cover in more depth below.
While they may not sound that useful at first, heavy drapes can be a form of insulation. The heat from the sun’s rays can be significant, and this solar radiation isn’t completely blocked by your windows. Yet, by using drapes during the hottest portion of the day, you can reduce the heat which is streaming into your home! Also, they will prevent the cooler air from escaping as well, so they work to increase efficiency in two separate ways. As most people don’t want to draw the curtains in their home during daylight hours, a stepped procedure is the best method. How does this work? Locate the room which has direct sunlight at the moment, and only close the drapes in this area of your home.
A second strategy which you can use to increase the efficiency of your air conditioner, concerns the vents themselves. No matter how well your unit is working, if the vents are blocked it won’t do much good! This happens more often than you might think, especially in the living room. Sometimes the couch or other furniture is partially obscuring the vent, or deflecting it to a little used area of the room. If this is the case, you can adjust your furniture placement, or use a vent cover which will change the direction of the airflow instead. It doesn’t take much to feel a difference, so this is worth your time and effort to look into.
If your cooling system uses ducts which run through your attic, this can be a huge potential source of energy loss as well. If the seals aren’t tight, the openings will allow your cool air to vent directly into this unused space! This represents a huge waste of money, and it can add up to a significantly larger utility bill. To avoid this unpleasant scenario, you can hire a professional technician to examine your duct work. Using a thermal imaging camera, they will be able to detect leaks which you may not be able to see with your naked eye. For most smaller holes, the patching process is quick and easy, and inexpensive too. If you find that your home takes a long time to get cool, this may be your biggest problem.
These easy to implement methods, can lower your cooling bill, and reduce your energy use. Without investing too much money, you can raise the efficiency of your system, so it runs less and cools faster as well. So, why not use them in your home today, and take advantage of these benefits? For any further advice on energy efficiency regarding your air conditioning units, feel free to speak to us here at Sub Zero Climate Control.
Posted in: Latest News - On: 3rd of February, 2012