The Best Way to Run an Air Conditioner

Even in the event that you’ve replaced your old central air or room air conditioner with a brand-new model with the SEER 13 energy rating, there are ways you can ensure that it works as efficiently today — and at future — since the day it was installed. How you operate your air conditioner may be as important as its dimensions and Energy Star score.

Keep It On

Do not set the thermostat down low once you turn the unit on or create constant adjustments. It will choose the house the exact same time to cool down to a preferred temperature. Constant changes not only bring about more energy usage by fans, but result in fluctuating temperatures. When the temperature rises, set your “AC” into the warmest temperature you can live with — and leave it there The U.S. Department of Energy recommends keeping indoor temperature as near outside temperature as you are able to stand for the ideal efficiency and most comfortable problems.

Give It Help

Give your AC a break during periods you’ll be away. Turn it off, or set it high, at 85 degrees Fahrenheit so that the house does not get so hot that it takes some time to cool down. When nights are cool, open windows to ventilate your house at night, especially in the event that you live in a climate with low humidity. Rather than running the fan in your air conditioner to circulate cool air, put money into a box fan to move air between rooms and enhance ventilation and leave the air conditioner fan around the “auto” setting. An inexpensive crawling fan will move the air through your rooms more efficiently and help save wear and tear on the pricey blower fan that you depend to transfer air for both the AC and the chimney.

Boost Its Accuracy

Consider replacing your thermostat when you’ve got the sort with the lever that you move behind a temperature scale to your central air unit. A digital thermostat with a night and day programming capability can conserve energy by cutting back on heat when it’s not required — such as while you are sleeping, out of the house at work and school and away to the cabin for the weekend — without needing to remember to change it manually. Another way to increase accuracy is to maintain lights and other heat-producing appliances nicely away so their heat doesn’t activate the thermostat.

Keep It Clean

Never run an air conditioner with a dirty filter or litter from the aluminum blades that shield the condenser coils at the outside unit or supporting the front panel of a window unit. Obstructing either limits the movement of air that is necessary to your air conditioner. The less freely air circulates around the condenser and compressor coils, the harder the compressor and fan need to function to send cool air into the building’s interior and vent warm air from it. Vacuum or replace filters and clean delicate aluminum blades with a soft brush.

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