Ten ways in which to avoid wasting Energy after you Run Your Home cooling system

Air conditioners have a notorious reputation for sucking up power and hiking up energy bills. But your air conditioner doesn’t have to be a money pit, nor do you have to suffer in the heat in order to save money. You can keep cool and preserve the environment by heeding these 10 energy-saving tips when you run your AC this summer:

1) Purchase the right size unit for the space being cooled.

Many homes actually have air conditioners that are too big for the size of the home. One that is too big will shut off when it reaches the thermostat setting and before de-humidification occurs. This results in a clammy, uncomfortable feel and uneven cooling.

2) Set your thermostat at the required temperature, not colder.
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Decide what temperature you and your family are most comfortable at and then leave it there. Dropping your thermostat setting will not make your air conditioner cool your home faster.

3) Augment your AC with fans rather than turning the thermostat lower.

If you’re concerned that cool air isn’t reaching the furthest corners of your home, turning down the temperature, even more, won’t solve the problem. Use fans to circulate the air and direct it to those out-of-the-way rooms. This will use less energy.

4) Set your fan to shut off at the same time as your compressor does.

If you want to keep air circulating through your home after the air conditioner shuts off, use stand-alone room fans instead. This uses less overall power than running your system’s fan.

5) Always double check that windows are closed before running your air conditioner.

Everyone knows that an open window causes your AC to have to work harder. However, it’s still easy to forget that windows may have been opened but not shut. A quick check only takes a minute or two but can save a lot of money.

6) Make sure your ducts are clean.

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Clogged ducts won’t circulate air at a maximum level. Aim to have your ducts professionally cleaned at least once …

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Maintaining the Efficiency and Longevity of Your Air Conditioning Unit

Air conditioning units are important, if not essential, home appliances. More so, it is among the most expensive appliance inside our home. That is why it is but necessary to take extra care of them. In the following paragraphs below, I will provide some helpful tips to help you maintain and prolong the life your AC Units. The need for air conditioning varies from continent to continent. In some parts of the world, air conditioning is a luxury while in others it is a necessity. But no matter what your need is, whether your AC units are essentials or luxuries these tips will help you get many hours of cool air from them.

* Safety First.

Before starting any electrical repairs or maintenance, always make sure that the unit is unplugged. Turn off the power source and unplug any electrical outlet. Move the unit away from the wall and position in a place where you can move freely. See to it that it is placed in a level surface and stable.

* Schedule a regular cleaning of AC unit.

A proper cleaning involves removing the panel that covers the top and sides. You can actually make this part of your daily routine (for window type AC units), especially if is placed in your bedroom. To clean the panel covers and filters, use brush, soap and running water to scrub off dust and other particles. You can also, wash or replace the filter and use a garden hose to clean off the fins on the back side of the unit. Use a fin comb to straighten any bent fins. Also, clean out the drain ports so that the unit won’t leak. Sometimes dust and particle build ups clog these ports, so you have to remove any to avoid leakage. Thorough cleaning must be done by professional AC repair/cleaning service every 3 months.

* Schedule regular check-up of electrical cords.

If the power cord is frayed, worn, chewed, or otherwise damaged, immediately replace them. Electrical concerns like these can cause a …

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5 Benefits of HVAC Duct Cleaning

Ignoring the air ducts in your home is easy. After all, you can’t see them. But these hidden systems are a critical part of your house. And just like other parts of your home, they may sometimes need to be cleaned. Duct cleaning has many benefits.

1. Duct cleaning can improve your health.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air may be up to 70 times more polluted than outdoor air. Bacteria, pollen, dust mites, and other contaminants can all lurk in a building’s ventilation system, contributing to breathing difficulties, allergy flare-ups and other problems. Visible mould in an air duct is a particular problem and should be addressed right away, as should rodent or insect infestations. A professional HVAC cleaning can help remove these contaminants and improve the health of you and your family.

2. Duct cleaning can help your HVAC system last longer.

When dirt and grime get trapped in your heating and cooling system, they could eventually cause it to break down. Regular duct cleaning may help extend the life of heat exchangers, fans and cooling coils, helping you avoid costly repairs in the future. Keeping your HVAC system clean also means that it doesn’t have to work as hard to heat and cool your home, which can also help it last longer.

3. Duct cleaning offers energy savings.

Allowing dirt to build upon a heating coil can result in significant loss in energy efficiency. To save money on your heating and cooling bills (and to help the environment) consider having your ducts professionally cleaned. You should notice an increase in air flow after a duct cleaning, which should allow you to use your air conditioner or heating system less frequently or at a lower setting.

4. Duct cleaning can help make the rest of your home cleaner.

Dirty, mouldy air ducts could be blowing all kinds of particles into your home. Even if this isn’t causing health problems for you or your family, you may still want to consider hiring a cleaning service …

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