3 Ways to Save Energy While Using Your Central Air Conditioner
When summer arrives in New Jersey, the possibilities for outdoor fun are endless. However, there comes a time when you’ll pack up the beach bag and head home to a hot, humid house. Solution? Lower the thermostat and let the AC take over!
While relying on your central air conditioner to stay cool is the best option, it can also be the most costly. Here are three ways you can save while staying comfortable all summer long:
1. Replace Your Air Filter Often
Be honest with us: can you recall the last time you replaced your central air conditioner’s filter? If you cannot, don’t worry — you’re not alone; many homeowners may find themselves in a similar situation. Unfortunately, it can make your central air conditioner use much more energy when this task is put off.
Think about it like this — when there’s a blockage in the filter (i.e., from airborne allergens and debris), it will make it much more difficult for your air conditioner to “breathe” and produce cold air. This will make your AC go into overdrive and work harder than it has to complete a simple task.
To avoid this from happening, you’ll want to replace your air filters at least once every 30 to 60 days for the best results.
2. Have Air Conditioner Repairs Made Right Away
When in doubt, have your HVAC technician figure it out! If you hear any strange sounds coming from your air conditioner or notice that it’s not performing up to par, putting off repairs will make your system work much harder and will ultimately consume much more energy than needed to continue to function properly.
For instance, if you hear a strange rattling sound coming from your air conditioner, this could indicate that one of the motors could be broken — or have old or broken bearings interfering with its performance. Remember: if you put even the smallest repair off, it could shorten the lifespan of your central air conditioner.
3. Consider Having a Programmable Thermostat Installed
Have you thought about having a programmable thermostat installed in your home? If so, consider making the switch — since this little device will help you save in the long run!
According to ENERGY STAR, programmable thermostats can save homeowners up to $180 a year on cooling (and heating) costs!
Unlike a traditional make or model, a programmable thermostat will allow you to set a custom cooling schedule in your home. That way, you won’t have to worry about cooling an empty house when you’re at work or on the road to summer vacation!