Nearly two-thirds of all homes in the United States have air conditioners. When you total the energy it takes to run those millions of air conditioners, homeowners spend roughly $11 billion each year to power those air conditioners. If you are one of those homeowners with an air conditioner in your house, which you likely are, then once you learn more about the energy efficiency of AC, you could reduce the energy used by up to 50 percent.
Even though it is now late in summer, you may still use your air conditioner to create a more comfortable environment within your home. Air conditioners are not strictly used for cooling the air – they can also filter dust and allergens and reduce the humidity. While you still might have more use for your air conditioner in the next couple weeks, there is still time for you to save on your energy costs.
You can start by comparing how much money you have spent on cooling this year compared to last year. If you see a spike in costs, that might mean your system is not operating as efficient as it used to. Your system could use some maintenance or upgrades, or you could be more mindful on how long you have your AC on by installing a programmable thermostat.
As the days become shorter, we will have less and less sunlight around to warm things up. It will still be bright out during the daytime, but you can keep your home cooler by blocking out that sunlight by closing the shades and curtains.
That air conditioning system in your home is still powering through after a long summer, or even after many years. Air conditioners do not last forever, but proper maintenance can extend their lives. A professional technician can look at your system and recommend a preventative maintenance plan, or if it may be time to install a more energy efficient AC.
Instead of continuing to blast your air conditioning, you can take two simple steps to improve the energy efficiency of your AC. Call the professionals at Sharon’s Heating and Air Conditioning today at (734) 425-1415 to make sure your air conditioning is running at its best, and not running up your energy bills.