Air conditioners make life so much better when it's warm. But people wonder is it bad for the environment?
Today's air conditioners are more eco-friendly than the old CFC-using models of the 1980s. The problem with CFCs is that they depleted the ozone layer. Today, the air conditioners use refrigerants that are much better. Called R-410A or Puron, they are basically harmless.
The only problem with air conditioners today is that they use lots energy. With electricity bills ever rising in Temple Texas, many people are making it a priority to use their air conditioner with energy usage in mind.
Planting trees around your house will provide shade that can reduce energy consumption. While it does take many years to see the benefit, a few trees between the sun and your home will pay off significantly.
If adding trees doesn't make sense in your yard, shade the outdoor unit of your air conditioner. Called a condenser, its job is to disperse the heat removed from the inside of your home. The cooler you keep your condenser, the better it can do its job. As long as the condenser has a foot or two of open space on every side, you can add fencing or shrubs to keep it shaded.
Keep Southern and Western Exposure Windows Shaded
Our homes get something called “passive solar gain”. It's all about sunlight getting in through windows, and heating up the air inside. Like when we leave our automobiles in the sun for a few hours.
You can reduce passive solar gain by keeping blinds or drapes closed on any windows that face south or west.
Change What You Eat
Instead of using your stove or oven, change your meal plan so you're eating more healthy salads, fresh fruit and other cool meals. If you must have heated food, nothing says summer like an outdoor barbecue!
Avoid Using Other Heat-Making Appliances
Use your clothes dryers, hair dryers, and irons in the evening or early morning. And if it is really hot, why not use the outside clothesline and eliminate the clothes dryer altogether?
Make sure that things like sofa's and other furniture are not blocking vents in your home.
Keeping your air conditioner in good working order will mean it can perform longer and more efficiently. A yearly check-up will also find small problems before they become large ones and extend the lifespan of the machine.
Call Temple All Pro A/C and Heating located in Temple Texas (254) 624-4917.