Gallery: 3 Easy Ways to Make Your Air Conditioning More Energy-Efficien...

With the crippling heat wave hitting NYC right now, shutting off your air conditioner might be the furthest thing from your mind – but why not make it more energy-efficient while it’s on? If you think about the fact that there are over 3,000,000 households in New York City, and many of them are running their ACs at the same time, you can imagine how much electricity is necessary, putting immense strain on our grid. If you want to chop down your summer utility bills and do your part to conserve electricity, the folks over at NYC Air Conditioning Repair Company have 3 simple tips to help you save energy this summer. Read on to see them all.

Buy a High-Efficiency AC Unit

Sometimes it’s more cost-effective to actually replace a unit, rather than constantly having it fixed. Older units tend to use more energy. If you buy a high-efficiency unit you can save 20-50% in cost and energy usage! For central air, make sure your unit has a SEER rating of 14 or better and for a window unit, an EERE rating of 10.7 or better.

Install an Accurately-Sized AC Unit

It’s very important to make sure your air conditioning unit is the correct size for the room or rooms it is intended to cool. A person with a size 10 shoe wouldn’t buy sneakers that are only a size 6, right? If your unit is too large or small for your home, it will not run efficiently, waste energy, and cost you lots and lots of money in energy bills or repairs. By having a certified technician come in and assess what size unit your home needs, you can save energy and money immediately.

Put In A Programmable Thermostat

New Yorkers can save and average of $180 a year in energy costs with programmable thermostats that allow you to time different temperatures throughout the day and night. For example, you can set it to turn off while you’re at work, cool your home right before you get home in the evening, etc.

Hopefully our tips have been helpful. Please visit Interstate Air Conditioning & Heating for more energy and money saving information.

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  1. Anne Speck June 12, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    More things you can do without spending a ton of money:

    - drink lots of water. While other drinks can be refreshing (and/or fun) water is what our body uses most efficiently to cool down.
    - Use heavy coverings to prevent sunlight from coming into windows when you’re not using them. If you can do this on the outside — like shutters — you’ll get the best effect but if you can just keep your stuff from absorbing heating up then you won’t have to pay to cool it off.
    - Think of “draw”. Draw is a term for pulling cool air (in this case) through your house. If you have a cool side of your house/apartment in the evening open a window a bit then open a different window more. A box fan facing *out* this window will pull cool air in and warm air out of the house.
    - Reduce the insulation you sleep and sit on. A bed is essentially a giant foam mattress and foam is an excellent insulator. If you sleep on something less insulating in the summer you’ll be less hot.

  2. craigburdett July 23, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Those are nice – though definitely geared toward consumption of new products (shouldn’t be surprised with an article written by and AC provider).

    How about three things you can do that DON’T involve buying more stuff?

    1. Change your filter often. Monthly is good. But, use the hose attachment on your vacuum to pull the dust out between changes.

    2. Clean the metal fins on your AC unit. Use a garden hose and relatively soft spray (the fins are soft) to clean the cooling-inhibiting dust and dirt off.

    3. If it’s not cooling well, have the system inspected by an AC professional.