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

With the muggy conditions in NYC right now, shutting off your air conditioner might be the furthest thing from your mind – but why not at least 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.

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  1. DanM May 8, 2015 at 12:53 am
    Try using a less restrictive air filter. Some air filters try to capture the smallest particle which restrict air flow. To test your filter, remove it and see if your rooms are cooler. If they are, look for a less restrictive air filter.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.