Aug 12 2014

Hilton Head is sizzling hot this summer, and the proof is in your high energy bills. Heating and cooling the home account for about 50 percent of your annual utility bill, and reducing the load on your cooling system to increase A/C efficiency is a good place to start if you’re looking for ways to save money. These tips can help you reduce your dependence on the air conditioner while effectively beating the heat.

Maintain Your Air Conditioner

The number one way to protect a cooling system from breakdowns and increase A/C efficiency is to schedule a tune-up with a qualified HVAC professional who will perform tasks including tightening connections and belts, removing dust from essential components, and cleaning the coils to ensure optimum heat exchange.

You can help keep your system running at top efficiency after your tune-up. Check the air filter each month and replace it when it’s dirty to ensure optimum air flow, and hose down the outdoor unit each month to clear the metal fins of debris that can interfere with heat exchange.

Turn on Your Fans

Portable and ceiling fans help keep you cool through the wind-chill effect. Raise your thermostat temperature a few degrees while staying cool with ceiling fans. But remember: Fans don’t cool the room; they cool you. Turn them off when you leave to save on energy costs.

Prevent Heat Gain

Keep your window shades closed during the day to combat solar heat gain when the sun is striking your house. Don’t use your stove, clothes dryer or dishwasher during the day, which can also heat up your rooms and make your system work harder to compensate.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats can save you a lot of money on energy costs year round. Program the thermostat at higher settings when you’re at work or sleeping. You’ll save 3 percent on your energy bills for every degree you consistently set back the thermostat.

For more advice about reducing dependence on your cooling system and ways to increase A/C efficiency in the Hilton Head area, please contact us at Gray’s Heating & Air Conditioning Co.

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