How to Improve the Efficiency of Your Air Conditioner

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No matter which kind of air conditioner you are thinking of buying, you should make sure that you will run it in the most efficient manner.

Not only will this save you money on your monthly electricity bill, but it will also ensure that you reduce your carbon footprint.

Here are some tips for ensuring that your air conditioner is running efficiently.

Choose the Right Size
One of the most important things to do is to make sure that you purchase an air conditioner that is the correct size. As a general rule, a bigger air conditioner is not necessarily a better one.

Because air conditioners work by pulling the heat and humidity out of the air and by forcing cool air back to your room, a unit that is too big will work inefficiently. In particular, a unit that is oversized will waste energy and fail to pull all of the moisture from the air. This will leave the room feeling clammy.

So how do you find the correct size air conditioner?

You need to take measurements of the room where you plan to use your air conditioner. Once you have the square footage, you can determine how many BTUs you need in your air conditioner.

For example, a 250 square foot room will need an 8000 BTU air conditioner, while a 600 square foot room will need an 18000 BTU air conditioner. Generally speaking, you need about 6,000 BTUs for every 200 square feet.

If you plan to use the air conditioner in a room with a lot of sun, however, you might need to adjust the size of the unit. A room with many windows and a ton of direct sun all day will probably need more BTUs.

Donít Just Shop by Price
Most consumers think about price first and foremost when purchasing an air conditioner. This can be a mistake, however. Price should be one of the factors in your decision, but not the sole one.

You can run out and find an air conditioner for $100, but it isnít sized correctly, it will do a lousy job cooling your room. If you get an air conditioner with too much power for your space, your room will feel clammy. On the other hand, if you get one that is too small for your space, it wonít adequately keep you cool. It will also cost you an arm and leg in electricity bills. Neither of these scenarios is a happy one. The best way to avoid buying an ineffective air conditioner is to take measurements of your room and determine exactly how many BTUs you will need.

Also, make sure you take a look at the energy-rating label on the air conditioner. This gives you a sense of how much it will cost to run the unit. Lower-rated air conditioners cost more to run, while higher-rated ones are cheaper in terms of electricity. Do the math on this, however, because higher energy ratings generally mean a higher sticker price on the unit itself.

Preventative Maintenance
You can also do a few preventative maintenance activities to ensure efficient running of your air conditioner.

In particular, make sure that your kitchen has good ventilation. You can get a lot of heat in the kitchen and this can increase the overall temperature in your home. This means that if your air conditioner is far away from your kitchen will have to work harder.

Also, consider installing ceiling fans to distribute the cool air through your home.

Finally, you might consider planting trees outside your home to keep the overall temperature down. You could also put UV reflective film on your windows to reduce the temperature your home.

Jane Dabad is the lead writer at The Air Conditioner Guide blog. For more information, check out these helpful guides: Mini Air Conditioner Reviews, Casement Air Conditioner Guide, and Delonghi Portable Air Conditioner Reviews.

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