Ways to Save Money When Running a Home Air Conditioner

April, 2014 by Alma Abell

As you may know, running an air conditioning unit can be expensive, especially if you have a large home. This leads to some people turning their home air conditioner off, even when it is sweltering outside during the summer. If you follow a few tips, however, you can keep your cooling unit running at an optimal level, which ensures that you do not spend any more than is necessary.

Choosing a Unit
The most important thing that you can do is purchase an air conditioner that fits your home. If you go with a unit that is too large, it will often turn itself off before it reaches the dehumidifying stage. This leads to uneven cooling, which will have you fiddling with the thermostat trying to fix the problem and wasting energy. Always ask an expert about the right size of home air conditioner for your home, so that you do not end up with this problem.

Regular Maintenance
A large part of owning an air conditioner is having it serviced regularly. Bringing in a professional to handle this job is very easy and relatively inexpensive, especially when you consider how much you will save in repair costs. A certified technician will clean your ducts, replace your belts, and ensure that your air filter is working properly. When your ducts and filter are dirty, the unit has to work harder to push air throughout your house. Therefore, keeping these items clean will save you money on every power bill.

Keep a Steady Temperature
Often times, those with a home air conditioner adjust the temperature when it gets hotter outside. This is a mistake, however, as lowering the temperature does not cool your home any faster than leaving it at your desired temperature. In addition, you will probably find your house cool cold once it gets to the temperature at which you set it, so you will have to warm your house back up. Pick a temperature with which you are comfortable and stick with it, as constantly adjusting the thermostat leads to your unit using more energy than is needed.

R.A. Heating & Air Conditioning offers HVAC sales, inspection, maintenance and repairs in the Madison, Evansville, and Janesville region. Visit their website at R A Heating for more information or to book an appointment with a certified HVAC technician.

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