Video: 4 Tips to Help Cut Cooling Costs

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Rose Elllsperman

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It would be nice if you would have an option for those who want to read the article. I don't have access to videos at work.

Kaye

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I just got on Angie's List and I really like the videos and articles. I am a visual learner so the video's help me alot. Good Job

Christine

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The environmental movement is the best thing to happen to this country. If we could get over ourselves and try to contribute to our own betterment by conserving energy and seeking alternative fuels...I bought a new HVAC system two years ago and my bills dropped dramatically due to the higher efficiency.

Diane

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Thank you. You made the effort to make the video in order to help and we appreciate it. It is an especially good reminder for doing the maintanance.

Marti

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I live in a subdivision of houses built in 88-90. I'm the only one who has not needed to replace both the furnace and the AC. I have big trees and take reasonable care of both plus their filters.

Ted

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I say we tell the idiots in Washington to do the job they are elected and paid to do so we can earn salaries that allow us to enjoy lower temps in our homes during the summer without worrying about the cost. The government environmental and OSHA regs are killing industries and power generators...causing higer costs that we end up paying for. Screw the environmental movement. It's all crap designed to hurt business and commerce while making America weak.

Roy

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The expensive filters that catch more allergens and only have to be changed every three months also restrict airflow which makes your A/C system work harder to cool your home. This tip came from the company I use to maintain our system Crane Heating & Air.

mbr

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glad you have the video... I simply do not have time to sit & read... this way I can fold the laundry while listening :) Maybe have an option for those wanting an article to read... Thanks!!!

Al Mitry

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Instead of disposal filters, some systems use permanent filters that need to be cleaned once a month. There was no mention of this option. But other than that there was much usable info and it was a pleasure to see "our founder." Thanks Angie.-Al M in Philly

Connie

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When using the 4" filters they tell you to change them once a yr. If you have pets like I do, I suggest every 3 mos. And i keep my are ar 79, if it's to hot, turn on your fan.

Karen

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Living in AZ for 60 yrs with the temps going well above 105 - 110 and higher I refuse to set the thermostat at 78 that is too warm, I keep it at a constant 76 and leave it alone. My thought is that yes we may "save money" but what happens next is the Utility company in AZ is not making enough money from us,the cosumer, because we are cutting back on the electricity so they raise the rates and then we are paying higher premiums anyway, so use it and enjoy!! During the winter months do any of us think twice about raising the heat to keep warm, well this is just the reverse.

kathy pressley

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we run a dehumidifier reguarly it seems like the ac doesnt run as hard is this possible?

Marcia

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I think videos are a waste of time.

Stu

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I listened to all the videos it would allow me to view. Great useable information! Most were inexpensive solutions that anyone can do, but also heard info that more experienced maintenence workers could utilize. The video sound is a little dull in some areas- but I could get through it in order to get to the good information. Thanks for doing these to help all of us cut our bills.

Stu

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I listened to all the videos it would allow me to view. Great useable information! Most were inexpensive solutions that anyone can do, but also heard info that more experienced maintenence workers could utilize. The video sound is a little dull in some areas- but I could get through it in order to get to the good information. Thanks for doing these to help all of us cut our bills.

Lanlan

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Am well aware of all that common sense stuff, but 78 degree is far too high for me to bear.

Ronna Brown

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A lot of the tax credits expired or changed from 2010. check the code before depending on breaks.

Deidra

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Thank You For ALL your Videos I feel they are helpful to us in some way .

Kathie

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Agree with all of the above -- no more videos for simple things that videos are not needed for

sarah

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Ditto Jean. I'm not going to watch a video to see if there's something less obvious than 'change the filters'.

Beverly

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Good tips! However, for Deloras, I lived in Texas 15 years and my central air (well kepted) was always at 78 degrees. It's all what you can get use to.
Another idea: how about for us that have window A/C units? Our Ohio seasonal home doesn't have central A/C....how about tips on window A/C units?

Deloras

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Good advice. I knew most of the tips, but 78 degrees seem awfully high for Texas in the summer.

Jean

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I prefer to read articles not watch videos, esp. with older computer that takes forever.

Frank Welker

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Put your cue cards closer to the camera. This will allow you to look as though you are looking directly into the camera and the audience. Good stuff..keep it up.

Rena

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I like the videos and any other helpful info. Thanks

Sandra

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Interesting. I lived in Texas most of my life and I would keep my thermostat set on 76 degrees. That was not comfortable in the summer even with fans. If I did much of anything around the house I would have to turn it down to 73. I always had to set it to about 71 to be able to sleep. I live in Arizona now, the Phoenix area, where the temps are usually much higher in the summer. I program my thermostat for 80 during the day, have it go down to 74 at 9:30 for sleeping, then it goes back up to 80 at 6:AM. All the rooms have ceiling fans. We're very comfortable at those temps. It was a pleasant surprise but I think it is because of the much lower humidity here. Our unit doesn't have to work as hard to cool the house.

Valerie

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Change the filer. Maybe I am dumb, but this "filter" is this the one inside the house or is their another one that is in the actual AC unit outside? DUH! First time home owner, don't think I am too dumb please.

Mad

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The expensive filters that catch more allergens and only have to be changed every three months also restrict airflow which makes your A/C system work harder to cool your home. This tip came from the company I use to maintain our system Crane Heating & Air.

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I think maybe you are confusing SEER, which is an efficiency-related rating (higher SEER means more effective use of the electric power used to compress the gas), and TONS rating, which is a measure of the total cooling power of the system. (Tons used to mean how many tons per hour of ice was used in evaporative cooling building systems - a Refrigeration or Cooling Ton equals 12,000 Btu/Hour of energy exchange. A BTU, which is another antique measure but still used, is the energy needed to change the temperature of a pound of water one degree fahrenheit. Unfortunately, because of varying humidity and evaporation, this is not readily related to house air heating or cooling without a lot of assumptions and some computations. Relating this to today's world - the Manuals BayAreaAc referred to account for all these energy conversions and determine an estimated cooling (or heating) requirement for your specific house. The type of construction, solar exposure, general climatic conditions such as average temperatures, humidity, and hottest and coldest normal ambient temperatures and desired inside temperture are all taken into account in the more sophisticated versions of the analysis, so there is no "standard", though a rough old rule of thumb was about 1 ton of cooling per 500SF of house. Obviously, this was a WAG only because it did not account for insulation, type of roofing, whether you live in Alaska or Miami, etc. The ACCA manuals do a very simplified form of evaluation to arrive at a "design", which generally will be adequate. OF course, highly precise calculations are not really needed because A/C units generally come in even ton ratings - so if you are at say 2.6 ton requirement you will be getting a 3-ton unit anyway. SEER ratings are not a direct measure of efficiency, but the relative difference between ratings gives you good idea of the unit's relative efficency in using electricity - so a 16 SEER should be about 19% more efficient (so roughly comparable lower electricity bill) than a comparably sized 13 SEER unit. 13 SEER is the lowest efficiency currently allowed to be built for general use, 19 SEER is about the highest efficiency made by pretty much all manufacturers, and about 25 SEER is the highest rated though very pricey shelf-item units, though special construction custom units can reach about 30 SEER. Note however, like any government sponsored rating, much of it is hooey when you get down to it - for instance, SEER ratings are figured based on 80 degree inside air temp and 82 degrees outside, when that is far from the normal case of mid to low seventies inside and high eighties or above outdoors. This makes the absolute SEER rating meaningless, but relative numbers still have meaning in comparing units. Note these efficiency ratings are for conventional air conditoners and heat pumps working in ambient air conditions. Ground sourced Geothermal or lake/river exchange cooling units, though initially more expensive in most cases, can greatly exceed the air-exchange unit efficiencies because they are exchanging heat with cold natural water rather than with a high-temperature outside air, and instead of continually compressing a gas are just circulating cold water. I worked on one geothermal cooling project which had almost infinite efficiency, which of course makes no sense - but the only power was for sensors and a control valve as the water flow was single-pass under gravity flow, so no power was used to circulate the water.