Specific Air Conditioning Outdoor Energy Savings Tips
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Specific Air Conditioning Outdoor Energy Savings Tips

The reader will learn some important specific air conditioning outdoor energy savings tips that will enable him or her to reduce their home electric bill during the hot summer months. Information on the homeowner's exterior air conditioner and entire cooling distribution system including ductwork is provided along with tips on attic heat control and exterior pool maintenance during the summer months.

With the hottest summer yet almost upon us, we need to find ways to save on our air conditioning energy bills.  One place to start is to learn some specific air conditioning outdoor energy savings tips.  Most power companies and air conditioning equipment manufacturers have a great deal of information on-line for the homeowner to review.  A good starting point is to discuss how to save dollars on the operation and maintenance of our air conditioning outdoor equipment.  The main focus would be our air conditioning system’s outdoor condensing unit. This is the unit that draws in and expels the outdoors air for the system to operate.

Check Outdoor Air Conditioning Condenser Unit

Have this piece of outdoor equipment inspected and serviced annually along with your interior system.  Clean the fins on the condensing unit with soft bristle brush to remove accumulated dirt and grime.   Wash the unti down with a hose (it’s ok to do this as it always sits in the outdoor rain) especially if you have not experienced a significant amount of rain to wash it naturally.

Check the age and condition of your cooling unit as it may become less efficient over time.  If your unit is more than 12 years old, consider replacing it with newer, more efficient equipment.  Most power companies recommend units with a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of 14.0 or higher.

Your annual maintenance contractor can make recommendations in this regard.

Check Attic Spaces

Leaks can and often do develop in air ducts over time.  The sealing of these leaks can reduce cooling costs significantly. Your annual maintenance inspections can help determine if you have duct leaks.

Open the upper vents in your attic if you have any.  This will let the warm air out and allow air to flow easily.

Make sure any lower vents like perimeter soffit vents are not blocked.  Sometimes birds or wasps will enter and create nests in these locations restricting air flow through the vent.  Clean them out.

Check for Proper Insulation

Attic and wall insulation are critical elements for air conditioning efficient operations.  Adding insulation in your attic is one of the most cost-effective savings measures that you can do- and often yourself.  Consider adding a radiant energy barrier in your attic spaces.

Check Pool Operation (part of outdoor energy savings tips)

Avoid running the pool pump constantly, if possible. A maximum of eight hours a day should suffice.  An automatic timer on your pool pump adds convenience and helps to keep energy costs down.

Put these energy-efficiency tips into effect while it’s hot and see energy savings throughout the year too.

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