During the hot, humid summer months here in Minnesota, it’s not uncommon to hear the constant hum of a running central air conditioning unit. To keep your air conditioner from working harder than it has to this summer, try these simple energy saving tips:
- Close your blinds: During the day, radiant sunlight can come in through your windows and heat up your house, causing your air conditioner to work harder. By simply closing your blinds during the peak sunlight hours, you will prevent this extra heat from entering your home.
- Adjust your thermostat: When you’re at home, go ahead and set your thermostat for the temperature you feel most comfortable at. But when you’re not at home for significant periods of time (when you’re at work, running errands all day, headed to the lake for the day) adjust the temperature on your thermostat two or three degrees. This will give your air conditioner a bit of a break, but won’t cause it to have to work too much harder when you come back home and adjust the temperature back to your ideal setting.
- Limit how often doors are opened and closed: Between kids, family and friends, sometimes it can feel like all summer long you are running in and out of the house, going from place to place. But if you can limit the number of times you are opening and closing the outside door you can help keep the hot air out and the cool air in.
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