As the days get longer and warmer, the air conditioners start running. In Part 2 of our cooling season tips series we’ll look at the next five items you can do to get the most from your air conditioning system this summer.
- Install a programmable thermostat, and program it. If you are able to turn the temperature up overnight or when no one is home you can really save some money on your electric bill. A programmable thermostat can be set to bring your home back to a comfortable temperature by the time you need it, and it takes the burden of switching it up and down off of you. I’m always surprised how many people have one of these thermostats but have never taken the time to set it up. Take the time and put the programming in, even if you’re not running the air conditioning yet. It will be all set for when you need it. NOTE: If you lost your instructions, they probably are available on the internet. You might also check YouTube; there may even be a video helping to explain the process for your thermostat.
- Use blinds. Closing the blinds or drapes on the sunny side of the house can go a long way toward blocking the sun’s warmth from heating up your home. This is especially true if you use insulated blinds.
- Get a precision tune up every year. Our local electric company believes in this so much that they offer a rebate to homeowners who have a professional tune up of their air conditioner. Not only does maintained equipment last longer, it can save you over 20% on your utility usage versus non-maintained equipment.
- Turn off lights and appliances that are not in use. They may not add much heat to your home, but little things can add up over time. Plus, they won’t be using electricity either!
- Insulate any exposed ductwork. If you have ductwork that runs through an attic or other unconditioned space, consider having it insulated. More of your cold air will be able to make it where it’s going.
Check back next week to get the final five tips! If you have an idea we don’t mention, please let us know. We’ll make sure to pass your good ideas on so we can all get the most out of our air conditioning this summer.Photo Credit
Kim Nemecek is a marketing professional with P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling. After growing up in Cleveland, she lived in Florida for many years, working at an air conditioning company there. Kim has four grown children, two grandchildren and two spoiled dogs. She lives in Solon with her husband, Todd.
The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.