Maintenance Is Key
Perhaps one of the best things that you, the homeowner, can do for your air conditioning and cooling system is to perform routine maintenance on your entire system.
Your air conditioners filter performs a very important duty it helps to remove allergens and other airborne debris from the air that cycles into your home during the cooling process. If your filter is allowed to get clogged with an accumulation of airborne debris you air conditioner not only needs to work harder in order to push air around and through the clogged filter but there is also the major downside of it pushing a fair amount of the potential allergens directly into your home thereby defeating the entire purpose of the filter.
There are several steps that you can take to improve the efficiency of your air conditioning and cooling system perhaps the easiest and most budget-friendly thing that you can do is to install a programmable thermostat that can help you to control the temperature in your home both when you are at home and when you are out. There are even Wi-Fi-ready thermostats that can be controlled remotely or from the comfort of your couch.
Another step that you can take in order to improve the efficiency of your air conditioning and cooling system is to ensure that your outside unit is provided with a fair amount of shade keep the area surrounding the unit free of shrubs and other plants that could potentially drop leaves and other debris into the unit. Consider, instead, a mid-sized tree that is set just far enough away from your air conditioning unit to provide shade without the risk of dropping leaves and branches.
While on the subject of trees and shrubs, planting them around the perimeter of your home can reduce your air conditioning and cooling costs by as much as 35%! 35% has the potential to be several hundred dollars over the course of a year.
Another great method of reducing your cooling costs is to install energy efficient ceiling fans in the primary living spaces and bedrooms in your home. Turning on ceiling fans on days that are just slightly warmer that your comfort levels can help you to reduce the need to turn on your air conditioning system as can opening your homes windows to allow fresh cooler air to circulate. If you do need to turn on your air conditioner, running your ceiling fans can help to lower your homes temperature by as much as 5 degrees.