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According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), your air conditioner could account for up to 12% of your home’s total annual energy expenditures – and as much as 27% if you live in the hot and humid Southeast states.
Help extend the life of your AC unit and make it run more efficiently by taking a few smart steps:
If you have a central AC unit:
- Install a programmable thermostat and set it to cool your home based on when people are home; Keep lamps and other heat producing appliances away from the thermostat.
- Adjust the temperature by 2 to 3 degrees at a time to avoid overstressing the unit.
- Keep shrubs pruned back at least two to three feet around your central air conditioner to allow the unit to perform efficiently
- Insulate any exposed ductwork. Make sure ductwork that runs through an unconditioned space is properly sealed with Frost King Pipe and Duct Insulation so it doesn’t leak any of your conditioned air.
If you have window units:
- Block gaps between the window and the unit with Frost King Air Conditioner Weatherseal.
- Replace filters regularly. Our video shows how simple this project can be.
- Some window units are equipped with timers. If yours has this feature set it so the unit is only on when you will be home or using the room.
- Consider using an interior fan along with your window air conditioner to spread the cooled air through your home without greatly increasing electricity use.