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It may have been 5 years since the economic recession affected much of the world, but that doesn’t mean families aren’t still looking for ways to save money in unique places. Probably one of the most overlooked places to save money is in the operation of a home’s air conditioning unit. With a few easy strategies, some families are able to save hundreds of dollars over the course of a year just by changing the way they look at how they use and run their home’s air conditioning.
Could you take advantage of your hidden savings today by implementing these strategies?
Make Sure Your Compressor or Unit Is Shaded
Did you know that by making sure that your A/C unit is shaded, even if that unit is a window unit, that you could save up to 10% on your current utility costs? This may mean the installation of an awning or planting a shade tree that can provide the needed shade. During this process, you’ll also want to make sure that there are no sources of debris that could be clogging up the system and causing you to pay a higher utility cost.
Inspect Your Duct Work At Least Once Per Month
One of the easiest things to do is to inspect your duct work within your home for gaps, holes, or cracks that could be causing air to leak out of the system. With an air leak, you’ll pay more for your air conditioning because your system has to work harder to provide the temperature level you want and this consumes more electricity. You know how there are a lot of jokes about how duct tape can fix everything? Duct tape can quickly fix a leaking vent.
Invest In a Permanent Air Filter
In many air conditioning systems, the air filter needs to be replaced at least twice per year. Many models operate better if the filter is replaced once per month! Rather than have to run to the store every month or stock up on a bunch of filters, try investing into one of the new permanent filters that are on the market today. You simply pop out the filter, rinse it out, let it dry, and then put it back in. It’s simple, easy, and could even end up saving some trees since you’re not using regular paper filters any more.
As a Last Resort, Replace an Old A/C System
Sometimes to make money, you’ve got to spend money. If your old air conditioning system is just costing you a ton in utility bills and you’ve maximized the system with little success, it could be time to hire a contractor to replace your unit. Modern air conditioning systems consume much less energy, provide more overall output, and can often pay for themselves within the first two years of operation. Even a system made in 1990 is 50% less efficient than a model made in 2013!
What Hidden Savings Do You Have In Your Air Conditioning Unit?
Unless you’ve already taken steps to maximize your air conditioning unit, the chances are good that you’ve got some hidden savings that you can take advantage of right away. Use these tips today to begin saving money on your utility bills so that you can spend your money on more important things!