It's not hard to trim your energy budget with small investments that will pay off for years to come. These energy saving tips will improve your cooling system's performance, as well as your home's ability to resist heat transfer. Heat always flows toward cold and anything you can do to slow the movement will lower your cooling load.
Tend to the Cooling System
- Replace the air conditioner's air filter routinely. Just as it does in the winter, a dirty filter slows airflow through the system, forcing the AC to run longer to cool your home. Not only does it drive up energy costs, it adds wear to the system and can shorten its life span.
- Remove the vegetation around the outdoor condenser to improve airflow. If the coils and fins are covered with dust, use a gentle spray from a hose to remove it. the guideline for vegetation is 12-18" clearance on all sides.
- Have the cooling system professionally serviced. HVAC technicians can restore it as close as possible to factory settings, improving its efficiency and durability. Include a ductwork inspection as part of the tuneup. Leaky ductwork not only drive up energy bills, but they also degrade indoor air quality.
Reduce the Cooling Load
These energy saving tips will reduce the amount of time your cooling system has to run. They're affordable, durable solutions that improve the energy efficiency of your home year-round.
- Look for air leaks around windows and exterior door frames. Seal windows with caulk and apply fresh weatherstripping around doors.
- Inspect the attic to see what your insulation level is. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) suggests that homes in our area have between 16 and 20 inches of insulation depending upon type and style.
- Shade south- and west-facing windows from the sun. Consider applying solar window film as a long-term solution to block heat gain and loss. The film substantially reduces the amount of heat transferred through glass.
Contact the pros at P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling for more energy saving tips for your home. We've provided HVAC services for the Greater Cleveland area for more than 77 years.Follow @PKwadsworth
Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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