Tips for Green Air Conditioning Use
- Install Ceiling Fans – The air flow created by a ceiling fan can eliminate the need to run your air conditioning on cooler days. Ceiling fans also help move warm warm air in the winter, helping to reduce energy costs year round.This is especially true if you high or volume ceilings where the warm air in winter gets trapped in the higher ceiling rooms.
- Increase Your Attic Insulation – Adding more insulation is one of the best investments you can make. It will provide a return on investment in a matter of a few months to a few years.
Periodically Check Your Ducts- Make sure they are sealed to prevent leaks. Its a good idea to have your ducts checked on an annual basis. Easy, inexpensive fixes can be caught and corrected early to prevent larger problems later.
- Install Programmable Thermostats – Multi-zone and programmable thermostats are great ways to save money. Setting your system to come on and turn off at a specified time, reduces the need to have your system running all day. This can be a huge savings throughout the year.
- Watch Your Windows – Close drapes and shutters on windows on the sunny side of the house. This helps to reduce heat coming into your home causing your A/C to work harder and run longer.
Tips for Green Air Conditioning Systems
- Purchase a High-Efficiency Unit – Consider replacing your older unit with a new high-efficiency unit. Look for a SEER rating of 14 or higher when purchasing a new system. A new system can save you 25% and up in energy costs when installed.
- Bigger is not Better! – If air conditioners and air conditioning systems are too big, they can cost more, use more electricity, increase humidity, and turn on and off more frequently, which wears them out faster. All installations should be carefully sized to fit the dimensions and conditions of your house. Factors such as square footage, windows, insulation, and shading must be a consideration when purchasing a system
- Keep the Filter Clean – Cleaning or changing your A/C filter once month will ensure that your unit is running at top efficiency. Also, consider a duct inspection and possible cleaning for further enhanced system operation.
If you have any questions or would like more information on “greening” your A/C system, contact us to make an appointment!