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Air Conditioning Tips
Save Money by Following these Energy Smart Suggestions
Keep Your Unit Clean & Clear
Be sure to change or clean your air filter about once a month, and always use the proper size for your system. It is also important to keep your outside unit clear of debris to avoid blocking the airflow.
Upgrade Your Insulation
As your home ages, it may be necessary to upgrade insulation. By doing so, this may help to reduce cooling costs and make your home more comfortable.
Check Your Thermostat
Cooling your home at 78º or warmer with the fan switch on “auto” can provide the best balance between comfort and savings. For extra savings, raise the thermostat to 80º when you’re not home.
Seal Cracks in Windows and Doors
Sealing small cracks and crevices (less than ¼ inch wide) between a window or door frame and the molding can save 10% or more on your cooling bills and reduce your carbon emissions by hundreds of pounds a year.
Make Use of Ceiling Fans
Keep your home comfortable and reduce your A/C costs by installing energy-efficient ceiling fans to circulate the air. The average cost to run a fan is only $7 a month!
To help circulate the air in your home keep interior doors and vents open.
Install a Door Sweep
A simple plastic, self-adhesive door sweep blocks hot air from entering the home via the space between the door and the threshold and improves cooling efficiency.
Consider Buying a Newer, More Efficient Heating and A/C Unit
If your system is older, it may be time to purchase a new unit. For maximum operating efficiency and energy savings, ask Trident Air Conditioning and Heating about options best-suited for your needs.
Make Note of Cooling System Performance Issues
Avoid costly repairs by keeping your cooling system in good working condition. By calling a technician for service as soon as you feel something’s not right, you can prevent the expense and inconvenience of a big repair job. Taking care of small issues in a timely manner can also help you avoid the higher utility bills that typically accompany a poorly functioning system. You should have your cooling system checked when you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Decreased air flow from the vents
- Strange noises coming from the system
- The air conditioner cycles on and off more frequently than it used to
- The breaker for the air conditioner in the electrical panel keeps tripping (or the fuse keeps blowing)
- Moldy odors coming from the ductwork when the system is running
- Ice appears on your air conditioner or piping, either inside or outside the house
- Your outdoor fan in the air conditioner won’t come on
If you notice any of the above symptoms, contact Trident Air Conditioning and Heating to have your system checked and serviced.