Our air conditioners keep us cool on hot days. We know that much.
However, there are several other benefits of air conditioning that many of us fail to realize right away.
For example, did you know that your air conditioner also cleans the air inside your home?
Every modern AC system has an air filter. Usually made of pleated paper, spun fiberglass, or a cloth enclosed in a cardboard frame, an air filter takes dust, dirt, mold and mold spores, pet dander, and many other types of particulates and contaminants out of your indoor air and traps them, never to circulate again inside your home.
With your air conditioning system’s air filter, you can improve your indoor air quality to the benefit of the entire household. If you or any family member has allergies and asthma, your air conditioner can help reduce or even eliminate attacks.
Air conditioning also helps extend the lifespan of our electronics, particularly our computers. With their tendency to overheat, our electronics can use the cooler indoor climate that our air conditioner brings.
The fact that we keep our doors and windows closed (and hopefully, locked) when our AC system is running also underscores its contribution to home security. Few intruders would even think about breaking in when every possible entry point into the house is secured.
It’s hard to imagine modern life without air conditioning, and that’s why we need to take good care of our AC system. Having an AC maintenance plan would be an excellent place to start.
However, air conditioners are machines, and machines break down from time to time.
Additionally, neglecting to repair or replace a failing AC can spike electricity bills. The same is true with other HVAC appliances such as water heaters and furnaces. To avoid this, you will need to incorporate some energy-saving practices while using your AC.
Energy Saving Tips When Using Air Conditioning
AC usage increases a household’s energy consumption. Fortunately, consumers have different energy options nowadays, such as solar panels and natural gas. Natural gas is affordable and easy to store. Homeowners who shift their cooling energy to natural gas can decrease peak summer electricity demand.
Consumers in Georgia are some of the few in the US that can pick their natural gas supplier. NaturalGasPlans.com helps homeowners compare gas plans online to find the cheapest option.
Air conditioners that run on natural gas can produce extra electricity on the side. This innovative technology utilizes waste heat and evaporative cooling through a desiccant evaporative cooler. It cools the absorbed heat from the building’s interior using evaporation.
Homeowners can save money when using AC by also following these tips:
- Using ceiling fans to improve cold air circulation and attain the desired temperature quickly
- Setting the thermostat to the highest temperature that can keep you cool and comfortable
- Keep the sun out by using blackout curtains and blinds during hot summer days
However, as time goes by, your AC can break down so badly that you’re no longer sure if it simply needs repair work or must be replaced entirely.
Check out the infographic below if you want to know if it’s time to repair or replace your air conditioner.
About the author
Rachel Watson is the Senior Content Editor of Precision Air & Plumbing, a full-service HVAC, plumbing and home performance contractor operating in Chandler, Arizona. Rachel enjoys yoga and writing articles about how to make home living more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.