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8 Low cost ways to improve air conditioning efficiency.

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As the sweltering heat of summer continues, the desire for a cool and comfortable indoor environment becomes paramount. However, running your air conditioning system relentlessly can lead to soaring energy bills. The good news is that you don’t have to choose between comfort and affordability. There are several low-cost and practical ways to improve the efficiency of your air conditioning system, keeping you cool without breaking the bank.

1. Clean around the outdoor condenser unit:

Your outdoor unit will work most efficiently if it is clean and clear of debris. The name of the game in air conditioning is airflow.

2. Vacuum indoor vents and keep vents unblocked:

You can vacuum dust and any debris away from indoor supply vents to help maintain steady airflow from your system. Also, keep items like blinds, furniture, and toys away from blocking the vents.

3. Increase your thermostat by a few degrees:

Typically, adjusting temperatures by 5 – 8 degrees (down in winter, up in summer) can help save money and energy.

4. Keep lamps and other heat-producing appliances away from your thermostat.

5. Keep curtains and blinds closed in the heat of the day.

6. Clear your drain line:

Keeping your drain line clear can save your drywall from taking on water if the drain becomes blocked.

7. Avoid using your dryer and oven in the hottest hours of the day.

8. Insulate any exposed ductwork:

Make sure ductwork that runs through an unconditioned space is properly sealed so it doesn’t leak any of your conditioned air.

Improving air conditioning efficiency doesn’t have to be costly. These low-cost strategies can make a significant difference in your energy bills while keeping your home comfortable during the hottest months. By incorporating these practices into your routine, you can enjoy a cool and cost-effective summer.

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