When the sun enters through a window and heats a room, it can feel wonderful during the winter. In the summer, however, it can make your A/C work harder. When temperatures start to rise, keep your energy costs and heat gain low by shading your window with:
- Awnings on the exterior of your home.
- Trees a safe distance from your home. Trees will also help keep the ground around your home cooler.
- Blinds or solar shade screens on the windows. Keep the blinds or shades on the southern and western windows closed during hot afternoons.
- Blackout curtains. Like the blinds, keep the curtains closed on warm afternoons.
When installing a new central air conditioner, place it away from the dryer vent and on the north side of your home, in a shady spot. If your air conditioner is already in a sunny spot, purchase a cover to help block the sun’s heat.
Consider Replacing Your Central Air Conditioner
Sometimes the best thing you can do to maximize the efficiency of your A/C is to purchase a new unit. This is particularly true when:
- The cooling unit is over 10 years old. New units with high efficiency (SEER) rating of at least 13 are about 25 percent more efficient than their older counterparts and can save you up to 30 percent on your energy bill.
- The A/C frequently needs repairs.
- The central air conditioner does not cool your home evenly.
- Your energy bills steadily increase.
- It’s not the right size for your home. A unit that’s too big needlessly uses too much energy to cool your home and costs more to install. One that’s too small has to work harder to cool your home and may not dehumidify it well.
- Your unit uses the HCFC-22, or R-22, coolant, which is harmful to the environment and will become obsolete in the near future.
Keeping your home comfortable and saving energy is simple. If you have any questions about making your central air conditioner run more efficiently or purchasing a new cooling system, call Green Apple Plumbing & Mechanical NJ today and call toll-free @ 888-315-5564