The clocks have been changed, and the weather is warming up, heralding the approach of summer. Conserving energy during the warmer months is not as complicated as it may seem; in fact, it may be easier than in the winter. Longer, sunlit days allow us to use less artificial lighting, and the high temperatures can be used to your advantage as well by air drying laundry and dishes.
The main energy expense during the summer is air conditioning. According to energy companies like IDT Energy, there are several ways to minimize energy costs while keeping your home cool and comfortable.
New York City offers several guidelines for summer air-conditioning usage:
Filter maintenance on all window air conditioners is critical to the efficient performance of theair conditioner, and should be performed prior to the start of the air conditioning season.
Air conditioners shall be used only when rooms are occupied and when interior temperatures reach 78degrees F.
Maintain temperature settings on air conditioners at no lower than 78 degrees F.
Window air conditioners should NOT be set on the constant run position.
On extremely hot days, fresh air louvers should be in the “closed” position.
Keep room doors and windows closed when air conditioning is operating.
If room air conditioners are to be purchased, it should be done through the DCAS Division of MunicipalSupply Services when ever possible. These units are Energy Star rated or equivalent, as required by law.
Purchase the unit with the highest energy efficiency ratio (EER) available.
- All filters should be cleaned or replaced as frequently as required to maintain maximum system efficiency.
- Indoor temperatures should be maintained at no lower than 78 degrees F.
- All units should be serviced to insure maximum efficiency of operation. Special attention should be given to belt drives, controls and refrigerants.
- All control settings and time mechanisms should be checked and calibrated PRIOR to the start of the cooling season.
- Air-conditioning should be used only when the building is occupied.
- In non-hospital settings, outside make-up air should be reduced.