Installing a New AC Unit? Lower Your Cooling Load FirstPublished on: August 9, 2012
You can reduce your energy bills by lowering your home’s cooling load. When we reference the term cooling load, we are indicating the amount of energy your AC unit must enact to create comfortable temperatures in your home. If your residence has a high cooling load, then your HVAC system must work hard in the summer months to send cold air into your home. Unfortunately, a hard working AC unit will cause an increase to your utility bills.
Before you contact us for air conditioning installation, you can review your home for ways in which you can reduce your dwelling’s cooling loads. During extreme weather conditions, such as the hottest weeks of summer, your AC unit will be working at its highest level. By minimizing your unit’s workload, you’ll reduce wear and tear on your system, which will extend its life.
Reduce Indoor Temperatures
You can reduce your home’s indoor temperatures by closing off rooms that you are not currently using. With this step, you won’t be paying to cool unneeded areas. During your air conditioning installation, we can review your home’s insulation to determine its effectiveness and make recommendations regarding improvements. You can also insulate your AC unit’s ducts to prevent cold air from escaping to the outside of your home.
Consider blocking cracks and gaps in your walls. Most homes suffer from foundation settling, which can create cracks near your home’s windows and doors. You can locate gaps in your home by turning off your AC unit and lighting incense. While you burn the smoky product, the smoke will drift to your home’s cracks.
When you contact us for air conditioning installation, we will review the areas of your home that may be expelling cooled air to the exterior of your residence.
In order to reduce the cooling load of your HVAC unit, you can block your windows with thermal drapes during the day and plant tall trees or bushes to decrease the sun’s effect on your home.
Maintain Your AC Unit
With routine maintenance, you can reduce your system’s cooling load. For instance, be sure to clean or replace your unit’s filters regularly. When your filters become full of debris, they are unable to move air properly, which will prevent your system from working efficiently. When you contact our team for air conditioning installation, we will review your unit’s required maintenance.
Assess Your Daily Schedule
You can lower your AC system’s cooling load by reviewing your daily routine. If you prefer to wash laundry or dishes in the middle of the day, then you may be increasing your unit’s workload. Consider switching your schedule to completing water-using tasks in the evening. In addition to reducing your home’s water bills, your HVAC unit won’t have to work as hard to cool and remove the humidity from your home. When we arrive to complete your air conditioning installation, our service team will review cooling load saving tips with you.
When you contact us for air conditioning installation, we will assess your home for ways you can reduce your HVAC system’s cooling load.