Many people have yet to upgrade their cooling systems due to lack of money or time. If you own a dated air conditioning unit, each time you operate it you are wasting money. The following are measures you can take to offset the high costs of using an inefficient cooling system for your home.
Maintain Your Existing Unit
Although your system is old, it still works, which is better than nothing. You can improve its level of efficiency by allowing a professional to maintain it. They will fix common issues that make the system work harder, allowing you to continue to use the system until you can afford to upgrade it completely. HVAC professionals help eliminate:
- Issues with refrigerant
- Poor airflow
- Blower issues
Even though there are many other problems that can cause your system to work too hard, these are a few of the most common.
Purchase a Dehumidifier
During the summer months, the temperatures outside feel much higher than they actually are in humid climates. The reason for this is the moisture in the water. Humidity also affects the temperatures in your home. By purchasing a dehumidifier, you can reduce the moisture content in the air within your home, which will help you use your air conditioning less.
Cover Your Windows with Blackout Curtains
Allowing the sun to shine through your windows helps provide you with light during the day, but it also heats up your home. Blackout curtains look like regular curtains, but the thick lining on the back of the curtains prevent the sun from shining through to your home. Dressing your windows with blackout curtains can block nearly 99% of the sun’s rays from shining in and warming up your home.
Patch Cracks in Your Home
If your cool air is escaping your home through holes and cracks, you are placing more strain on the system and driving up the cost of your electrical bill. In a day, using common household tools, you can patch cracks and seal holes to prevent your cool air from escaping your home.
If you cannot afford to upgrade your cooling system to a more energy efficient system, you can still reduce the cost of your electrical bills. By maintaining your systems and decreasing the likelihood that hot air will infiltrate your home or cool air will flow out through cracks in your home, you can save a lot of money.