How to Reduce AC Power Consumption

Before your air conditioner starts to work overtime in the summer, consider the ways that you can reduce its power consumption. It all starts with keeping the AC running efficiently and free of hindrances, especially to airflow.

Clean the Coils

There are two coils to be concerned about: the condenser coil in the outdoor unit and the evaporator coil in the air handler. Both become dirty and dusty over time, which blocks airflow and puts strain on the AC. As a result, it will consume more energy than usual to do its job. The Department of Energy says that dirty condenser coils alone can cause the compressor to consume 30% more energy.

You can clean the condenser coil by gently hosing down the unit. Any leaves or twigs that have become embedded in the coil can be removed with a soft bristle brush. The evaporator coil can be cleaned with a brush and a spray bottle containing a mixture of warm water and detergent.

Replace the Air Filters

Filter replacement is a basic maintenance task that any homeowner can tackle. It’s important because dirty filters will cause the same problem as dirty coils. As for the frequency, it all depends on the filter material. You likely have pleated filters in your vents; these usually need replacing every 60 to 90 days, though the higher-end ones can last up to six months.

Use a Dehumidifier

With the humid climate here, many homeowners choose to get a whole-house dehumidifier. By removing humidity, this device actually makes the interior feel cooler, thus reducing the need for your AC. Dehumidifiers use much less electricity than the average AC unit.

Schedule AC Maintenance

The best way to keep your AC energy efficient and your bills low is to hire a professional for yearly maintenance. This could cover the coil cleaning, filter replacement, and other important tasks.

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