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4 Ways To Make Your New AC Even More Energy Efficient

by Chris Bowman

Energy efficient air conditioning units are the best way to save money on your cooling costs. But, don't just stop there. When it comes to lowering your cooling bill during the summer, a multi-step approach is the best way to go.

Now that you have your new air conditioner installed in your home, here are a few other steps you can take that will make your home more energy efficient during those hot summer days.

1. Install Ceiling Fans

Adding ceiling fans to your home can help lower your cooling bills. Ceiling fans help keep your rooms cooler, so you can turn your thermostat down. Lowering your thermostat by just 1 degree can save you about 3% on your utility bill. Have your ceiling fans on whenever the AC is running. The fans will circulate the cool air throughout the room and draw it down from the ceiling.

2. Limit Indoor Activity during Peak Heat Hours

You can keep your home cooler by limiting your indoor activities during peak heat hours. This includes cooking, cleaning, and even bathing. Try to limit those activities to early morning or evening hours when the temperature is cooler. If you do shower or bathe during the day, be sure to use the bathroom exhaust fan to remove heat and humidity from the air.

3. Close the Blinds

Stand in front of a window on a summer day and you'll feel the warmth penetrating through the glass. That warmth is heating up your home and making your air conditioner work harder.

Go ahead and leave your blinds or curtains open in the early morning and late evening, but shut them as soon as the temperatures start to rise in the afternoon. Your home will stay cooler and your AC won't have to work as hard to keep you cool.

4. Give Your AC a Shower

The cleaner your AC is, the more efficiently it will operate. Things like dirt, dust and debris can make it work even harder. To keep your AC working properly, use your garden hose to spray the blades and coils. This will remove the dirt and cool down the motor so your AC doesn't have to work so hard to keep your home cool.

A cool home is a comfortable home, especially during those hot, summer days. Don't let high cooling costs prevent you from enjoying your new AC. The tips provided above will help keep your cooling costs down.

To learn more, contact an AC company like Tidewater Plumbing & Heating

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