Air conditioning accounts for a large portion of a typical homeowner’s energy bill. Here are some energy-saving tips for homeowners regarding their air conditioning.

– Set your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home and 85 degrees when you are away. Every degree over 78 equals 3-5 percent savings. A good rule of thumb to remember is it takes approximately 15 minutes to cool one degree.
– Replace air filters on a monthly basis for maximum efficiency. Dirty filters impede performance by restricting airflow that can cause the system to run longer, increasing energy use.
– Keep doors closed.
– Keep drapes pulled to reduce the sun’s radiant heat from entering your home.
– Keep clippings and foliage away from the A/C unit.
– Seal, and caulk leaky doors and windows.
– Schedule a maintenance call for the air conditioner. If the A/ C unit is not running at its optimum efficiency.
– Install a programmable thermostat to adjust cooling and heating to fit the time of day and when you are not at home.
– Replace older windows with more energy-efficient windows, this can make a home more comfortable year-round.
– Have ducts tested for leaks and repaired and/or sealed.
– If the A/C unit is older, consider purchasing a newer energy-efficient one.

The R.J. Wiley team is always available to answer any of your questions concerning cooling and energy saving. Contact us today: 905-390-1808 / 1-866-678-2620.