How to Reduce AC Power Consumption

Cooling your home during the summer will raise your energy bill, and while this cannot be helped, you can still do a lot to minimize the expense. It all comes down to ensuring that your AC runs efficiently and only when necessary.

Change the Air Filters

Filters, which keep the air handler free of dust and other pollutants, can have a negative effect on cooling performance if they get really dirty and dusty, causing them to clog up. Anything that hinders the circulation of air will strain your system and your wallet. This is why you will want to replace your filters regularly. If you use fiberglass filters, replace them every 30 days; if you use pleated filters, replace them every 60 to 90 days.

Clean the Evaporator Coils

Even with regular filter replacement, the evaporator coils in your air handler can become caked with dirt, hindering their ability to absorb heat and provide cool air. You could easily clean these with a soft bristle brush and a spray bottle containing a mixture of warm water and gentle detergent.

Program the Thermostat

If you own a programmable thermostat, use it to create an energy-efficient schedule. For starters, you could raise the temperature when you are asleep or no one is home. The ideal temperature when you are in your house is 78 degrees, according to the Department of Energy; it really does not take much to stay comfortable. With this schedule, your AC will not need to switch on unnecessarily. For even better results, you could consider a smart thermostat.

Request Professional Maintenance

There is more that can be done to reduce power consumption, but you may want to leave it to a professional. With a spring tune-up, a technician can do tasks like lubricate moving parts, clean the outdoor parts of your cooling unit, and calibrate the thermostat so that it reads the indoor temperature accurately.

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