5 Ways To Better Control Air Conditioning Costs 7-07-2010 - WNEM TV 5

5 Ways To Better Control Air Conditioning Costs 7-07-2010

Taking cover from this week’s heat wave means huddling near the air conditioner. Cranking up that air conditioner helps, but it also eats up energy bills.
Below are some tips that can help you control your air conditioning costs.
  1. Don’t place lamps, TV sets, or other heat producing appliances near your thermostat. The thermostat senses the heat causing the air conditioner to run longer than necessary.

  2. Remember that each degree you dial below 78 increases your energy consumption by about eight percent.

  3. Clean and replace the air conditioner filter frequently. If the filter becomes clogged, your system will have to work harder to supply the same amount of cool air.

  4. Air conditioners with proper shading can be more efficient. Air in a shaded space is cooler than the surrounding air meaning the A/C will have an easier time cooling the air, but keep plants, shrubs, and other landscaping about two to four feet away from your outdoor unit to ensure adequate airflow.

  5. If you’re looking for a new air conditioner, consider energy-efficient options. You may pay a little more but thanks to federal tax credits and competitive prices, the prices are falling, and because they use less energy, you save in the long-run, too.
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