Tips for Lowering Your Room Air Conditioner’s Energy Usage


Nobody likes to get their energy bill. Many times it is very high with all the things we use in out home that use energy. There are many things that you can do in order to conserve energy usage. One of the main things that you can do has to do with your air conditioner. There are a lot of things that are simple to do that will lower your energy usage, which will lower your energy bill.

* Fans can’t replace an air conditioner, but they can give you supplemental cooling. This is especially the case on milder summer and spring days. If you use a fan instead of an air conditioner you can reduce energy usage by up to 60%.

* Look into a thermostat that is programmable if you already do not have one. You may be able to save up to 10% on your cooling bill by just turning your thermostat down 10-15 degrees for 8 hours. This is simple to do by using either a setback or programmable thermostat.

* Set your thermostat at a comfortable temperature during the summer months. The less of a difference that there is between the temperatures outdoors and indoors the less you will be paying for your cooling bill.

* Do not set your thermostat colder than usual when your turn on your air conditioner. Doing this will not cool your house any quicker and it may result in excessive cooling, which will only be more expensive.

* Room air conditioners have to be installed on an even and flat surface in order for the drainage system, as well as other mechanisms, to work in an efficient way.

* Set the speed of the fan on high, except on very humid days. If the humidity is high then set the speed of the fan on low so it is more comfortable. With the fan on a low spend when it is humid it can make your house more comfortable, as moisture will be removed from the air.

* Look into using an interior fan, as well as an air conditioner by your window in order to spread the air that has been cooled in a more efficient way throughout your house without significantly increasing electricity use.

* Do not put things such as lamps or TV’s near your air conditioning thermostat. The thermostat will sense the heat from these things and then cause the air conditioner to run longer than it should, as it thinks it is hotter than it is.

* You can plant either trees or shrubs, or both, in order to shade your air conditioning unit, but you should not block the flow of the air. A unit that is in the shade can use 10% less electricity than one that is in the sun.

* Check the filter on the air conditioning unit once a month. If they are clogged up replace them right away. If you keep the filter clean it can lower energy consumption of the unit from 5%-15%.

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Drain channels that are clogged can keep an air conditioning unit from reducing humidity. The excess moisture can then discolor your walls or your carpet. Passing a rigid wire between them can clear these channels.

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