July 3 to August 15 are Air Conditioning Appreciation Days!
How did we ever do without air conditioning? Invented in 1932, it has become a necessity of life for those who can afford it. Here are some ways you can stay cool, appreciate your air conditioner and give it a long shelf life:
- Turn your air conditioner down when you’ll be gone for a few hours. That means set it at 80 degrees while you are gone. Once you return, set it at 78 degrees or lower. It’s better than turning it off while you are gone.
- For your next purchase buy one with a temperature and timer control. That way you can set the time and pre-determine when your air conditioner should go on and off.
- Turn off lights in rooms you aren’t using. Lights generate heat and will cause your air conditioner to work harder.
- Keep your blinds or shades down so the sun doesn’t heat up your rooms.
- Do not use your clothes dryer at the same time as your air conditioner. The dryer will produce excess heat.
- Cooking in the oven and using air conditioning is counter-productive when it’s seriously hot outside. Save cooking for later in the day.
- Don’t let anything come between you and your air conditioner. Keep curtains, shades, plants, animals, mini-blinds away from the front and sides. Keep your central outdoor system free from any obstructions.
- Close any gaps between your air conditioner and the window sills with weather stripping.
- Run the ceiling fan at the same time. It will circulate the cool air, and should allow you to turn down the conditioner.