Here is a DIY checklist to make sure your cooling system will save you money on your electric bill this spring and summer.
- Have the cooling system maintained and inspected yearly, by a qualified contractor like us.
- Set the thermostat at 78°F. Each degree higher saves approximately 6% on air conditioning costs.
- Don’t turn the thermostat lower than the desired setting. The house will not cool off any faster and can overshoot the desired temperature – wasting energy.
- Install a ceiling fan to create air movement. The air movement can keep you cool at a higher temperature, allowing you to avoid using your air conditioner, or letting you set the air conditioner at a higher temperature.
- Cut back plants, bushes, and trees that may restrict air flow to the outdoor unit.
- Keep the outdoor coils free of dirt, debris, and leaves.
- Keep windows shut when closing up the house for the day or when running the air conditioner.
- Make sure your clothes dryer is vented outdoors. You don’t need the heat or humidity inside the house.
- Close your drapes on hot days. If there is some way to shade your windows from the outside, this will keep out even more heat.
- Use kitchen and bath vents to rid the house of excess heat and moisture. Turn off the gas furnace pilot light in the summer.
- Change the furnace filter. They need to be changed anywhere from every 30-270 days.