Tune up your unit
Servicing your air conditioning unit is a great step in saving electricity and money during California's scorching hot Summers. Icy AC's friendly professionals will run a 12 point inspection on your unit and will change the air filter with every service.
Adjust Your Thermostat Slightly. Save Big!
Lowering the setting on your air conditioner 5Â° can save you up to 20% on cooling costs. Set it to 78 degrees when you're home, and if you'll be gone for more than a few hours, set it to 85 degrees.
Use a Programmable Thermostat
Install a programmable thermostat so you can vary the temperature according to when you're home. A programmable thermostat can allow you to turn off your AC Unit when you leave the house in the morning and turn it on, automatically, before you get home from work. An ENERGY STAR qualified programmable thermostat can save you up to $100 per year in coastal areas and over $150 inland - and pays for itself in less than 12 months. Make sure to install it away from natural cool and hot spots.
Keep Cool with Ceiling Fans
Reduce air conditioning costs by using fans, keeping windows and doors shut and closing shades during the day. Fans do not make your room colder, but they provide a "chilling" effect by moving air around the you and the room, helping you feel cooler.
Seal Your Ducts
Have your heating and cooling ducts professionally sealed to save up to $120 in coastal areas and up to $190 inland per year. Icy Air Conditioning does not specialize in ductwork, but we work with multiple companies who do. Properly sealing your ducts will save you money in the long run. Close shades or curtains This one's easy and free. Close any curtains or shades you have that face South and West during the day to decrease the solar heat in your house. To let in more light, open the shades that are not facing the sun.
Close Unused Registers
Why cool the rooms you're not in? If you have central AC, you can close registers in rooms you're not using so you're not paying to cool them. NOTE: if you close too many of them, the pressure in the system could cause leaks in the ducts. Icy Air Conditioning can help you figure out how many and which registers are safe to close at the same time.
Clean or replace your filter every month
A dirty filter makes your AC work harder, which uses more electricity. Icy Air Conditioning can clean or replace your filter - and if your HVAC machine is in an easy to reach location, we can show you how to clean the filters so you can keep your machine running as smoothly as possible. It is recommended to clean your filter once a month, replacing it only when necessary.
Clean the condenser/evaporator coils
At the beginning of the summer and winter seasons, inspect and clean both the indoor and outdoor coils on your HVAC unit. Dirt build-up on the indoor coil is the single most common cause of poor efficiency. The outdoor coil must also be checked periodically for dirt build-up and cleaned if necessary.
Make sure your vents are clean and uncovered
When air moves freely, you'll save energy and money. Dust and dirt reduce airflow causing your AC system to work harder. Also, make sure your not covering vents with drapes or furniture.
When all else fails: Go SEER 13+
If you determine that you need you need a new cooling unit, make sure you purchase one that is the right size for your home and is rated SEER 13 and above. If you have an old air conditioning system with a SEER rating of less than 8, it may be worthwhile to consider replacing it with a more energy efficient system. You should be able to recoup the cost in just a few years.
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