Even if you have an air conditioner that is properly sized and running properly, it is still possible to run up your energy bill by using the system incorrectly. Changing a few home cooling habits can reduce your electric bill without having to upgrade or service your system. Here are four common air conditioning mistakes to avoid.
Blocking or Closing Off Registers
Some homeowners who have a central air conditioner think that closing the registers in rooms that are not being used will save energy. However, your central air conditioner is designed to distribute cool air evenly throughout every room of your home. Closing registers in any room will disrupt your air conditioner's airflow, forcing it to work harder to cool the rest of your home.
Poorly placed furniture can have just as much of a negative effect on airflow as closing registers. Furniture that is blocking air registers will prevent cool air from circulating around the room properly. This will force you to use more energy by running the air conditioner longer to cool your home.
Running the AC Too Often
If you like going to bed with the air conditioner running, or if you leave it on while you are at work, you are using a lot of extra energy to cool your home. These extra energy costs could easily be avoided by running the air conditioner only when you would benefit from it.
The best way to make sure that you are running your air conditioner only when you need it is to install a programmable thermostat. You can use a programmable thermostat to specify exactly when you want to run your air conditioner throughout the day, and at what temperature. This way, your home is automatically cool and comfortable exactly when it needs to be.
Letting the Thermostat Get Hot
Lamps, TVs, and other heat-generating appliances can make your air conditioner run when it is not necessary if they are placed too close to the thermostat. By heating up the air around your thermostat, they cause the thermostat to read a temperature that is warmer than the actual temperature inside your home. In the worst-case scenario, this can cause your air conditioner to run constantly while the TV or other appliance is running.
You can easily determine if a heat-generating appliance is far enough away from the thermostat by placing your hand close to the thermostat. If you can feel heat from the appliance, it can still be causing the thermostat to read the temperature incorrectly and needs to be moved further.
Using Fans Incorrectly
It is easy to rely on your air conditioner to do all of the cooling in your home, even if you have ceiling fans that could be doing the job just as well. If you will be spending a lot of time in a single room, consider turning off the air conditioner for a while and using the ceiling fan only. Be sure to flip the switch on your ceiling fan so that it is rotating counter-clockwise and pushing air downward to cool the room.
While it is a good idea to use your ceiling fans in conjunction with or instead of your air conditioner, you should limit the amount that you use exhaust fans while your air conditioner is running. The exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathroom will push cool air out of your home, forcing your air conditioner to work harder and needlessly wasting energy.
Sometimes saving energy on your energy bill does not require any expensive repairs or upgrades. Use these tips to run your air conditioner more efficiently and keep your heating and cooling bill at a more affordable level.Share
14 April 2015
My name is Brandon McCauley and this blog is about new trends in the construction industry. In this blog you'll learn about new types of materials that are long-lasting and durable. You'll also find out how new homes and businesses are being built to be more energy efficient. I continually study new trends and the latest developments in construction because this is an interest of mine. I'm always amazed when I see new building and home designs that are out of the ordinary. If you also like learning about new construction trends, I think you'll find my blog very interesting and informative.