Because of the extremely hot temperatures most of the country is experiencing, many homeowners have found themselves running their air conditioning systems nonstop. Many people have found that the HVAC is needed for confortable living; unfortunately this can lead to high-energy bills. There are however a few things that you can do to maximize the efficiency of your air conditioning unit.

Energy Efficient Cooling

  • Save some of the chores that cause heat to build up, such as running the dishwasher and cooking, for the cooler times of the day. Run the exhaust fan when you’re cooking to help disperse the heat.
  • Keep your curtains closed when the sun’s rays are beating in during the day.  It seems like a small thing, but it does make a difference in the temperature of the room. Then in the evening, follow the reverse of this. Open the drapes to allow the heat to escape through the windows of your home.
  • According to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in an article entitled Residential Energy Efficiency, for every degree higher than 78 degrees that your thermostat is set, you will save about 4 percent in operating costs.
  • If you have a whole house fan, turn it on at night weather permitting—usually when there is low humidity and the temperature goes below 78 degrees.  Then turn off the fan in the morning before the heat starts to build up.
  • Try setting your AC thermostat at 78 degrees. As any air conditioning service will tell you, don’t think that lowering your thermostat will cool your home more quickly. It won’t. Your home will lower to 78 degrees in the same amount of time whether your thermostat is set at 78 degrees or 70 degrees.
  • If you live in a climate that cools down at night, try shutting down the air conditioner and just using ceiling fans or floor fans. The fans use less electricity than does the air conditioner.
  • If possible, try to shield your outdoor air conditioning unit from the direct rays of the sun.  One-way to do this is by planting some trees or tall shrubs to cast shade on the unit.
  • Make sure you have your air conditioning contractor perform regular service calls on your unit. Keeping your unit clean and in top shape will help it to run more efficiently.
If you are looking for a way to cool your house down and save money on your energy bills this summer, follow some of these tips. For more help, contact Allied Services, INC.  Whether you need air conditioning or heat pump services, our close-knit group of employees will make your call our top priority.  Contact us at (937) 269-5059 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our Dayton air conditioning and heating systems.