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Reduce Your AC Power Consumption Without Replacing Equipment

Is your AC system cooling just enough to get by, but ending in high bills, especially in the summer?

You’ve probably heard that replacing your entire system with a new one will drastically improve efficiency, resulting in a lower electric bill. If you have an older system, this is definitely the case, but getting a new system may not be justified if your current one still works.

There are some other options and ways to reduce the power consumed by your current system that will save you some money until you’re ready to bite the bullet and purchase a new system.

4 Ways To Reduce Your AC Power Consumption:

1. Remove objects that may block airflow.

Objects that might be blocking AC registers could include furniture, or in a workplace setting, equipment or fixtures. People may also block off vents if they can’t control the temperature in their area to keep from getting too cold.

Your system then needs to work harder to reach the set temperature, which means it will take longer to get there and use up more electricity in the process.

Check all of your AC registers and vents to make sure they are clear and open. Also, make sure there is plenty of room around the condenser outside. If it is crowded by things, it will have a harder time dispersing the heat.

2. Change your air filter(s).

This is a simple DIY task that only takes a minute and will help your system run more efficiently.

All air conditioning systems have at least one filter that traps dust and debris and keeps them from harming your equipment. Filters should be cleaned or changed on a regular basis so they don’t clog up.

This is another case of blocking the airflow. The dust builds up over time and your system has to work harder to compensate from the lack of airflow, which in turn uses up more electricity.

How often should the filter(s) be changed? Well, that all depends on the space and how often you run the system. Generally commercial systems should be changed every month or two.

3. Clean your air conditioner coils.

Your air conditioning system has two types of coils: evaporator coils, which remove heat and humidity, and condenser coils, which get rid of the heat in your area.

When the coils build up dirt and grime, they can’t disperse the heat as efficiently. Again, your system has to work harder to cool your air, resulting in more energy usage.

4. Have your ducts inspected for leaks.

Holes and cracks can appear over time in your ducts, which lets the cool air escape instead of going where it should.

Causes of these holes and cracks can be resulted from rodents, from maintenance, or that remodel you were doing on the house.

If you think you may have this issue, it’s best to call an HVAC professional to inspect your ducts.

If you’ve already tried these suggestions and still need help, contact us at ACME AC and we’ll be happy to help.