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Summertime in Georgia is long, hot and humid, and your air conditioner works hard to keep you comfortable throughout the cooling season. Cooling your home accounts for about 50 percent of your summer utility bills, and with the rising prices of energy, you may be paying an arm and a leg for your comfort. Here are some ways you can take a load off of your air conditioner to lower its energy consumption, reduce wear, and trim the energy bills associated with cooling your home.
Seal Air Leaks
Hot air finds it way into your home through cracks and gaps around windows and doors, service entrances, and pipes that move outdoors. When outdoor air infiltrates the home, your air conditioner works overtime to compensate. Use caulk and weatherstripping to seal air leaks, and if your windows are old and inefficient, consider replacing them with new ones.
Seal and Insulate Ducts
Loose joints in your ducts can allow up to 40 percent of the air inside to escape before it reaches your rooms, which means your air conditioner is cycling more often to keep your home cool. Inspect your ducts for loose joints, and seal them with metal tape or special mastic sealant designed for ducts. Don’t use duct tape, which deteriorates quickly.
Ductwork that moves through hot areas like crawlspaces and the attic should be insulated to keep the air inside cool as it passes through. Insulated ducts also help prevent condensation in the winter, which can lead to mold and mildew problems.
Combat Heat Gain
When the sun’s energy strikes your home, the rooms heat up and your air conditioner has to work extra hard to keep up with the cooling load. Keep your south- and east-facing window shades closed during the day. Plant bushes or vines next to your home to create a cooler microclimate, which will help keep the interior cool. Shore up the attic insulation so that it’s 15 inches deep to keep hot attic air from escaping into your rooms. Use your oven, dishwasher and clothes washer during cooler times of the day to keep them from heating up the home.
Maintain Your Air Conditioner
Annual preventive maintenance at the beginning of the cooling season ensures your system starts the summer at top efficiency. To keep it operating efficiently, check your air filter every month and replace it when it’s clogged with debris to ensure optimum airflow and protect your system against dust, which can compromise its efficiency. Hose down your outdoor unit regularly to remove debris trapped in the metal slots.
Use Ceiling Fans
While ceiling fans don’t actually cool your rooms, they can make you feel cooler by helping the moisture on your skin evaporate. Raise your thermostat a couple of degrees and use ceiling fans or portable fans to create a cooling breeze that will ensure comfort at a lower cost.
For more expert tips on reducing the cooling load of your air conditioner for energy savings this summer, please contact us at Comfort Control, Inc.