While there are frugal people out there that believe air conditioning is purely a luxury that isn’t necessary, I disagree. In many parts of the country, air conditioning isn’t just necessary, it is vital. Small children and the elderly have a hard time cooling off when they get too hot. Heat can be just as deadly as cold, and it can often kill much faster. So if air conditioning is a necessity for you, go ahead and turn it on. There are other places you can skimp.
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The size of the room and size of the air-conditioner.
When you are buying a window air conditioner, consider the size of the room you are putting it in. You don’t have to buy the biggest air conditioner they sell if the room isn’t that big. Having too small or too big a unit causes the unit to work harder than it has to and will cost you more in the long run. Look for units that are energy efficient (a rating of 11 or higher) and good brands — they will last you longer.
The efficiency of the air-conditioner.
If you need to replace your central air conditioning unit, make sure that you look for a SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) of 13 or better. A less efficient system will cost you more to run. High-efficiency appliances do cost you more, but in the long run, it is worth the reduction in electricity bills.
Clogging up of the filter
Take care of your unit. Have you ever tried to breathe through a straw for an extended period. You know how much that takes. That is what an air conditioner goes through when its filter is clogged up. Replace or clean the filter monthly during the summer and have your central air conditioning serviced at the end of each winter. If you have a window unit, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for winterizing the unit. You may need to cover it or remove it during the cold months.
Age of the air-conditioner
Your air conditioning is one of the biggest energy monsters in your home. If you have an old air conditioner, it may be worth it to have it replaced with a newer, more efficient system. The cost should pay you back in a few years if you are replacing a unit over ten years old.
Thermostat and Location of the air-conditioner
Take the time to install a programmable thermostat so that you can set the temperature to adjust on its own. Have the thermostat at 78 degrees when you are home and 85 degrees when you will be gone for several hours. Think about the placement of your air conditioner. It won’t have to work as hard if it is located in a shady spot with plenty of room to vent heat. Don’t plant shrubs or put up fencing too closely; you could hinder its performance.
You can also save on your air conditioning by turning things off. Lights create heat, so turn them off when they aren’t in use. Your computer creates heat, so don’t leave it running. Use a crockpot or microwave to cook dinner so that you don’t heat up the kitchen with your stove and oven.