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Tips for Consumers
- Place furniture away from the air conditioner and/or vents so nothing blocks the unit from performing efficiently.
- Perform a thorough inspection of your home to determine if there are any cracks or leaks or unnecessary openings. Examine windows, doors, ceilings, porch area, roof, air conditioning unit(s), fireplace, cable holes.
- Seal up every crack, leak or opening you can find using caulk or weatherstripping as needed. Remember- these openings can cause a loss of cool air in summer, forcing your air conditioning unit to work harder and resulting in higher electric bills.
- Make sure the fireplace damper is fully shut when not using the fireplace. The damper can be a source of energy loss in summer as well as in winter.
- Keep drapes and curtains open to capture the sun’s heat and reduce the need for electric lighting.
- Change filters and clean air conditioning units frequently to ensure peak efficiency.
- As little as three well placed trees can lower the heat in your home and help save you anywhere from $100-$250 in energy bills this season.
- Install white blinds, drapes, curtains since white reflects heat away from your home.
- Close curtains on the south side and west side of your home during the day.
- Don't place lamps or TV sets or any appliance that generates heat near your air conditioning thermostat.
- Clean dirt from heating system at end of season to avoid trapping moisture which can shorten a heater's life.
- When turning on the air conditioner, don't set thermostat at a colder setting than normal. It won't cool off the rooms faster and could result in excessive cooling and unnecessary expense.
- Using an interior fan along with your air conditioner can help the cool air circulate more efficiently.