DIY Energy Saving Tips for Earth Day

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With Earth Day fast approaching (April 21) you may be wondering what you can do to have a more positive impact on the environment. Getting your air conditioning system to run more efficiently probably isn’t the first thing you think of, but it is a great way to help reduce your carbon footprint. It may even save you some money. That’s a win/win/win! Here are five things you can do yourself:

  1. Clean and/or replace air filter: If your air filter is dirty you can clean it either by vacuuming it or rinsing it with warm, soapy water. Remember to replace it every three months with an eye to getting the right size. To do so you can check your owner’s manual, measure your current filter, or take your old filter to the store with you. Install your new filter correctly by aligning the air flow arrow to point toward the furnace. It can help to use tape to cover the filter slot once the new filter is installed.
  2. Clear condenser: Central air conditioners and heat pumps have outdoor condensers. Clean the area around the condenser so that sure leaves, grass, and debris are not restricting air flow.
  3. Check your ducts: If you can access your ducts look for ducts that may not be properly sealed or even connected, poorly insulated, or flex ducts that are not pulled straight.
  4. Clean blower fan blades:  Fan blades will accumulate dirt – cleaning them will increase air flow and reduce electrical load on the motor.
  5. Check and inspect the condensate drain in your central air conditioner, furnace, and/or heat pump (when in cooling mode): If plugged, the drain can cause water damage in the house, affect indoor humidity levels, and breed bacteria and mold.
  6. Check the weatherstripping on your doors.
  7. Adjust your sliding doors so they close well.
  8. Turn off lights you don’t need to have on.
  9. Use less hot water.

Also be sure to call upon the professionals at Custom Climate Concepts to perform regular maintenance to fully maximize the efficiency of your HVAC equipment. We are at (941) 955-COOL (2665).