Celebrate Air Conditioning Appreciation Days (July 3rd - August 15th)

Published On: June 30, 2008

Summer’s sticky, steamy weather is a reminder that July 3 through August 15 is designated “Air Conditioning Appreciation Days,” so don’t forget to give your cooling equipment some tender loving care to keep it in tip-top shape.

To keep cool this summer:

 Clean and replace the air conditioner’s filter frequently (monthly during heavy use).

 Central air conditioners and heat pumps should have annual equipment inspections by a certified technician who will check refrigerant fluid and mechanical operations.

 Consider a programmable thermostat to automatically increase or decrease temperatures during the day or night to suit your lifestyle and reduce energy cost.

 Raise the thermostat setting as much as you can without sacrificing comfort. For every degree you raise the setting, you can expect to cut your energy consumption by up to 3 to 5 percent.

 If you’re shopping for an air conditioner, look for the Energy Star and Energy Guide labels.

 Keep in mind that insulation and sealing air leaks will help your energy performance in the ummertime by keeping the cool air inside.

 Keep fallen leaves, grass clippings, foliage and other dirt and debris away from your outdoor  unit. Keep the air conditioner’s coils clean, following manufacturers’ instructions.

 Long-Term Savings Tip: If your air conditioner is old, consider purchasing a new, energy-efficient model. You could save up to 50% on your utility bill for cooling. Look for the ENERGY STAR and Energy Guide labels.

Visit www.ari.org and the U.S. Dept. of Energy for more information.