Starting June 1st, Nicor and ComEd are offering new rebates for the install of new high efficiency air conditioning equipment. If you have been having problems with your AC unit or want to lower electric bills, now may be the time to get a quote.
Fans can make you feel 3 to 8 degrees cooler, allowing you to dial your AC to a higher temperature. Make sure your fan is blowing DOWN, to send air past your body, removing the hot air that surrounds your body (think wind chill). If your fan is blowing up, it will not provide a cooling effect.
However, in the winter you want the fan to go in the opposite direction. This will move the hot air at the ceiling out toward the walls providing a more comfortable and even temperature in the room.
Be sure to have your air conditioner unit serviced and Freon topped off every year. Running your air conditioner with even just a pound of Freon short, will cost you 30% efficiency on your air conditioning unit.
The warm weather is right around the corner and it is time to set up your annual air conditioner check. Having your air conditioner serviced and Freon topped off could save you 30% efficiency. The optimum temperature for proper readings during a check should be are 68-70 degrees. Set up your appointment BEFORE the warm weather hits and you and your family are left in the heat.
Do not block your outside air conditioning condensing unit. Tall grass and other debris on or around the outside air conditioning condenser can restrict air flow and use more electricity. Not only can this cause a higher energy usage, but it actually increases the cost of ownership by reducing system life. When the fan motor runs longer to cool the condensor that has a restricted airflow, the system is working harder than it was intended to, generating more heat, and shortening the life of components. Keeping the area around your outdoor condensing unit free of restrictions is a simple service call you can do yourself, saving money and providing comfort and system longevity.