What is the Best Eco Friendly Air Conditioner
by Mary Mattoon
Eco Friendly Air Conditioners
Air conditioners that are considered eco friendly are those that use anywhere from 10 to 50 percent less energy that other types of air conditioners. Eco friendly air conditioning units are those the have been labeled Energy Star by the U.S.
Ways to Be More Eco Friendly
There are several steps that homeowners can take to make sure that their Energy Star eco friendly air conditioner works as efficiently as possible. Homeowners can do this by:
Proper and routine maintenance can help homeowners ensure that their air conditioner is operating at its maximum capacity.
It is important to clean or replace filters on a regular basis. Yearly servicing is needed to keep the unit operating efficiently.
Homeowners should determine their comfort level and set their thermostat accordingly.
It is best to leave the thermostat set a the same temperature all year long. It is recommended that homeowners set their thermostat at 78 degrees. The higher the setting, the less the air conditioning unit will operate.
Fans do not require a lot of energy to operate; therefore, using fans will not dramatically increase the home’s energy consumption.
Keeping the shades drawn in the home will help keep out excess sunlight and heat.
Planting trees or other plants around the home can provide additional shading for the home.
It is also ideal to have the outside air conditioner unit shaded as well. It is estimated that shaded air is approximately 6 degree cooler than air that is not shaded. This will help the eco friendly, Energy Star unit to operate more efficiently.