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When sitting in a cool, comfortable home during the hot summer months, it is hard to imagine how our ancestors survived. When adding air conditioning to your home, it is important to understand some important information. First, buying a larger room central air conditioning unit does not automatically mean that you will be cooler during the summer. In fact, using an air conditioning unit that is too large for the space needing to be cooled down will actually cause the unit to work less effectively. The reason is that air conditioning units are designed to work best when they run for longer time than if they are turned off and on throughout the day. By running the unit longer, the room's constant temperature is maintained and more moisture is removed from the air. As the level of humidity lowers, the more comfortable the room feels. Rather than guess at the size of unit needed, you should have a professional determine what you need for your home.

If you keep your home cool with central air, set the unit so the fan turns off at the same time the cooling unit turns off. You do not want the unit's fan running to circulate the air. Instead, use standard floor fans for this purpose. To help you get the most out of your air conditioning, remember that whole-house fans are designed to pull cool air through the house while exhausting the warm air through the attic. These fans are especially helpful at night when the outside temperature starts to cool down.

Although it might be tempting to set your thermostat low during the summer, keep it set as high as possible while still keeping the house cool. A good guideline to follow is that when there is only a small difference between the inside and outside temperatures, the less your utility bill will be. Do not set your thermostat lower than what you use to turn the air conditioning on. For example, if you have to set the air conditioner at 78 for it to click on, pushing the thermostat down to 65 degrees will not result in your home cooling faster. In fact, it will only run the unit longer, making your bill higher. The fan for your air conditioning unit should be on high except when the weather is humid. In this case, the fan should be on low. The result will be cooler air in less time. You might also consider using inside fans along with a window air conditioning unit. This will help to push the cool air through the house without using excessive energy.

Be sure you never have larger appliances such as television sets, stereos, or lamps near the thermostat as it will sense the heat being generated from these appliances and in turn, the air conditioner will run longer. Another way to help keep your unit running effectively is to plant shrubs or trees near the unit to shade it from direct sunlight. In fact, shade can cut the amount of electricity being used by 10%. Air conditioning unites that are considered high-efficiency really do save you money on your monthly bill and are less harmful to the environment. When the time comes to upgrade, replace, or add air conditioning to your home, consider all of this information to save you money.
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