13 Air Conditioning Saving Tips

by Brandi Savitt – Revised July 8, 2013

Keep Your Cool – for Less

The heat is on this summer with record breaking temperatures all over the country, and we are all looking for ways to stay cool while avoiding astronomical energy bills. So, what can you do to cool your home more efficiently without wasting unnecessary resources – and dollars? Check out Fab & Fru’s air conditioning saving tips and reduce your energy use & costs instantly!

1.  Clean Your Filters Regularly

Whether you have central air or window units, replacing or washing the filters of your unit with water and vinegar once a month will not only help remove dirt and allergens, but it will increase the efficiency & lifespan of your air conditioner.  A clean filter allows the unit to function at it’s peak, using less energy to cool off your space.

2.  Seal Doors & Windows & Insulate Attic

Properly insulating your attic and sealing any leaks under doors or around windows, will greatly improve the effectiveness & efficiency of your both cooling AND heating systems.  If less hot air seeps in, and less cooled air seeps out- the less work your unit has to do to keep the temperature regulated!

3.  Close the Curtains

Keep direct sunlight from pouring through the windows by pulling the shades down or closing the drapes. Direct sunlight can raise the temperature of a room up to 10-20 degrees. The less heat that gets into your home, the less you’ll have to pay to remove it!

4.  Test Air Ducts & Repair Leaks

The average home with a central heating & cooling system loses almost 30% of cooled air in the summer and heat in the winter from leaky ducts.  The money you save by testing and repairing any leaks, will easily pay for itself and then some for years to come.

*Before calling a HVAC professional, try calling your local utility company  to see if they perform free or rebated duct tests.

5.  Only Cool the Rooms You’re Using

You’ll save big by keeping doors closed and only cooling the rooms that are in use.  This is much easier if you are using window units, but if you have central air, you can also close the vents in the unused rooms.  *However, DO consult with an AC professional before closing off multiple vents.  If too many are closed, the pressure in the system can become off balance, damaging the unit and it’s efficiency.

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32 Responses to “13 Air Conditioning Saving Tips”

  1. Jess says:

    Really helpful article and the timing is so good. It sure has been hot and our electric bills will prove it. Thanks for the hints to reduce the heat and the bills!

  2. Got a great one for you! We’ve started collecting the water produced by our air conditioner (from the condensation line that runs to the outside of the house and then just drips uselessly to the ground), and you wouldn’t believe how much water we harvest!

    It’s not potable water that you would drink, but we’re able to water all of our plants and even the lawn (we have a very small front lawn) without ever turning on the hose! And the best part is that your air conditioner produces more water when you need it most – when the heat really kicks up in the summer.

  3. Condo Blues says:

    I bought and installed inexpensive sun roller shades from Bed Bath and Beyond on my front windows and they really make a difference! Don’t buy the spendy ones if you can find a less expensive version at a department store.

  4. i found these tips are very interesting and informative i must follow them in future and also share them with my friends.

  5. Nout says:

    I have heard from so many a/c professionals that you should NEVER turn OFF your a/c while you are gone, instead simply buy a programmable thermostat and move it up a few degrees when you’re at work.

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  29. Mignon Her says:

    I agree with statement number 6 since this is what me and my family usually does. For example there are 4 to 6 days in a month that the house is left alone, and during all of those days the AC system is turned off. Come the time to pay for your utility bills, you will see a major difference in the numbers. It won’t take long to cool the house again anyway, so I believe that the statement is really true.

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