Summer is just around the corner, and that means you’ll be using your air conditioner more frequently, which means your energy bill is about to increase. But there are things you can do to minimize your A/C’s load and alleviate excessive energy costs.
Tips to Minimize Your A/C’s Load
The heat produced inside your home increases the amount of work your A/C has to do. This increased load on your air conditioner means higher energy costs and a home that is warmer than it should be. Minimizing the amount of heat produced inside your home can help to minimize your A/C’s load.
One of the easiest ways to minimize your A/C’s load is to shut off any appliances that aren’t being used. Some of these appliances you’ll have to unplug since shutting them off doesn’t stop them from drawing power.
Things like your TV, computers and gaming consoles all continue to draw power even when they are off, so it’s best to unplug them when not in use. Turning off lights when you leave a room will also help cut down on the heat inside your home.
Another way to alleviate the internal load on your A/C is to increase insulation. Shading windows that are in direct sunlight will also alleviate the internal load your air conditioner has overcome.
If you own an older home and haven’t had the windows replaced, or you don’t have tinted or energy efficient windows, they can be a source of considerable heat, making your A/C work harder. Blinds and curtains are a great way to limit the amount of heat that comes in through windows.
Making sure the door jambs are properly sealed can also help minimize your A/C’s load. Many people don’t realize there is a considerable gap between the door and the door jamb. Sealing this gap with weather stripping helps minimize leaks.
If you have questions about your air conditioner’s performance, call the experts at Amarillo Air Conditioning. We’ve been proudly serving the Amarillo area since 1960. Contact us today to find out how to learn how we can help.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about minimizing your A/C’s load and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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