When purchasing a window unit for your home or business, it is important to factor in the size of the room. If you buy too large of a unit, you could be wasting energy and money.
When it comes to the right central air conditioning system, the SEER number should be a 13 or higher. If possible try to get an EER number of 11 or higher for the most efficiency. It may cost more at first but save you money in the long way.
Regular maintenance on your cooling system can save you big bucks. Change the filters out monthly and have preventative maintenance done on it before the start of the season.
Turn off your computer and office equipment to avoid putting out unnecessary heat.
Make sure you turn off your lights when not needed to help cool off the room so your AC doesn't need to run more than it needs to.
Avoid covering up the vents with furniture or other objects.
Replace an old AC system that has a SEER rating of 8 or less. You could end up saving more than the cost of the new system.
With a programmable thermostat, you can set the temperature to adjust when you arrive home. Ideally, it should be set to 78 at home and 85 when you're gone.
Don't block your AC condenser with shrubs so it has a space to dispose of the heat.
Close any air ducts in rooms that aren't being used. Keep the doors in those rooms closed as well.
Use less heat in the home by cooking foods on an outside grill. You can also change the setting on your dishwasher to air dry.
Add reflective window tinting to your windows to avoid absorbing heat.
Reduce your cooling costs up to 30% by planting trees and shrubs around the perimeter.
Close drapes on the side that is facing the sun.
Install awnings to help reduce heat coming in.
Add weather stripping to windows and doors as well as seal any leaks.
Install energy efficient ceiling fans in your home to help keep you cooler.
Choose lighter colors for the exterior of your home to help lower the heat absorption.
Reduce cooling costs by keeping your attic ventilated.