The Twin Cities finally hit 80 degrees over the Memorial Day weekend. It's been 236 days since the last 80 degree reading here back in September 2013. If running the air conditioner this summer is a necessity, make sure it's humming and efficient. Reducing your unit's energy consumption is good for your wallet, your carbon footprint, and ultimately, the planet. Here are a few tips to keep in mind...
- Change Air Filters Once a Month: A dirty filter decreases efficiency, and reduces the life of your air-conditioner.
- Clean Condenser and Evaporator Coils: Dirty coils cause the system to run longer because the system cannot function as well, jacking up your electrical bill.
- Adjust Blower Components: This provides better airflow and thus more comfort. Airflow problems can reduce efficiency by 15%.
- Tighten All Connections: Bad electrical connections are unsafe and can damage your appliance.
- Check Your Settings: Turn your AC down when you leave. A timer that turns off when you leave and restarts right before you get back is a good investment.
Source: Energy Star