PRLog - April 14, 2014 - FEASTERVILLE, Pa. -- 1. Make sure your outdoor unit is clean. The outdoor part of your cooling equipment should be free of mulch or weeds. You should also make sure that it is sitting ﬂat and level, and higher than the ground around it so water does not pool in the bottom when it rains. Don’t try to do this yourself, as it is very easy to damage the lines running to the A/C condenser.
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2. Use fans. On those moderately warm days, sometimes a fan is all you need to keep you comfortable in the afternoon until things cool down. If you put the fan by a window, make sure you choose a window on the shady side of the house so you draw in cooler air.
3. Check your airﬂow. Make sure the areas around the vents are clear so that nothing blocks your airﬂow—on both outlets and return air grilles. Drapes and furniture can effectively block air from coming into the room. Check that the dampers are open all the way and vacuum away any dust buildup.
4. Don’t use your dryer during the heat of the day. Your clothes dryer is blowing air out of the house, causing air to be drawn into your house to offset it. If you are drawing in hot air, your air conditioner is just going to have to work harder.
5. Turn off your humidiﬁer. For most humidiﬁers (typically the by-pass type), when they are set to the “on” or “winter” mode, moisture is added to your air every time the blower runs. In the summer you don’t want to be adding more humidity to your home; that will just make your air conditioning have to run longer. Make sure you set it to the “summer” or “off” setting before you start running your air conditioner.
6. Install a programmable thermostat, and program it. If you are able to turn the temperature up overnight or when no one is home you can really save some money on your electric bill. A programmable thermostat can be set to bring your home back to a comfortable temperature by the time you need it, and it takes the burden of switching it up and down off of you. I’m always surprised how many people have one of these thermostats but have never taken the time to set it up. Take the time and put the programming in, even if you’re not running the air conditioning yet. It will be all set for when you need it. NOTE: If you lost your instructions, they probably are available on the internet. You might also check YouTube; there may even be a video helping to explain the process for your thermostat.
7. Use blinds. Closing the blinds or drapes on the sunny side of the house can go a long way toward blocking the sun’s warmth from heating up your home. This is especially true if you use insulated blinds.
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