Green Home Maintenance: Clean Your Air Conditioner for Less Energy Use

During the hot summer months, running the air conditioner all day can really take its toll on the electricity bill. Depending on how big your home is, where it is located, and what temperature you maintain, you could be spending hundreds of dollars every month keeping your house cool. These tips will help you to use less energy by keeping your air conditioner clean.

Energy-Friendly Air Conditioner: Clean Air Filters

Although it can be a bit of a pain, you should check your air filters at least every month during times when you are using your air conditioner regularly. Many filters can be wiped or vacuumed off to maintain a longer life by removing the dust and debris that have built up on the filter. This also allows your air conditioning unit to work a little less, not requiring as much power to get air into and out of the unit through dirty filters. It saves money on filters as well because you do not have to replace them as often.

Change Air Filters

That being said, it is important that you change your filters on your air conditioning unit occasionally as well. When a cleaning isn’t doing the trick anymore, it is a good idea to spend the money on a new air filter. This is because the improvement in air flow and the reduced energy needed to power the unit is likely to pay for the air filter in savings on the electricity bill. Plus, you have the satisfaction of knowing that your air is cleaner.

Use Household Air Purifiers

Especially if you have pets or other large sources of air pollutants in a specific portion of your house, it can be a good idea to use a separate air purifier in that area. It will get to the problem right away, and save the central air conditioner from having to do all the filtering work in addition to cooling the air.

Give your AC Unit some Shade

This isn’t exactly cleaning, but it is a big source of energy savings on your air conditioner with just a little bit of work: get your main air conditioning unit into the shade. If you need to plant a tree next to it, do that (the south side is best for shading during the summer), or install a canopy over the air conditioner. This will help it to work less to cool down the air it is bringing into your home from the great hot outdoors.

Of course, if you have a tree near your air conditioner, there will be some cleaning to be done as well, making sure that leaves don’t block important elements of it after rainstorms and during the fall.