As summer continues to heat up and temperatures rise, many of us are cranking up our air conditioners to stay cool. It may come as no surprise then that air conditioners use about five percent of all the electricity produced in the United States, costing homeowners more than $11 billion a year in energy costs.

This summer, instead of blasting the air conditioner and blowing your electricity bills through the roof, you can take simple actions that will help you beat the heat. For example, replacing a dirty, clogged air filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5-15 percent, while using a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about four degrees without affecting your comfort.

Whether you’re looking to save on cooling costs with your current air conditioner or you want to upgrade to a more energy-efficient model, check out this Energy Saver 101 infographic. From how air conditioners work to the different types of systems on the market to proper maintenance, the infographic lays out everything you need to know about home cooling. Plus, throughout the infographic you’ll find energy-saving tips and advice on common air conditioner problems.

Energy Saver 101: Home Cooling

With just a few small changes, you can relax in comfort this summer while saving some cold, hard cash.

More information

Visit the Energy Saver website for more information.

Visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s Appliance and Commercial Equipment Standards site for information on test procedures and minimum efficiency standards for residential and commercial air conditioners.

About AirNow Cooling & Heating

AirNow Cooling & Heating is a full-service air-conditioning and heating contractor located in Millbrook, Ala., serving Montgomery, Autauga, Lowndes and Elmore Counties. The business services and installs heating and air-conditioning systems. In addition to completing scheduled service checks, repairing existing equipment and installing new equipment, the company finds ways to reduce the energy bills of its clients with a thorough cost-benefits analysis.

AirNow offers a patented Straight Forward Pricing Guide™ so that customers know what the price is before a project begins. Meanwhile, to contact AirNow Cooling & Heating for a service call, a free quote on a new HVAC system or further information on any of its services, please call 334-285-7065 or email service@airnowhvac.com.

Compiled by Terry Barrett | AirNow Cooling & Heating, Millbrook, AL