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If you’re tired of high electric bills in the summer, improving the efficiency of your home’s air conditioning could be the solution. With the current emphasis on energy efficiency, HVAC companies offer a range of measures for energy efficient air conditioning. But there are also measures you can take yourself. Below, we list tips for improving your home’s air conditioning efficiency in terms of professional measures and ones you can implement yourself.

1. Install an energy efficient AC Unit

The first step in making your AC more efficient begins at the source: your AC unit. Its SEER rating, with a rating of 14 or above being ideal, and a rating of 10 being too low, marks a conditioner’s efficiency. To determine the best AC model for your home, an HVAC company specializing in air conditioner replacement will analyze your home’s interior and exterior energy characteristics.

2. Install an efficient building envelope

Your home’s envelope is the space between its interior and exterior walls. Usually filled with an insulator, the envelopes in many homes aren’t as efficient as the envelopes available today. Giving your home a new envelope may seem like an expensive path to a lower utility bill. But it will also lower your heating bill. If you plan on living in your house for years to come, a new building envelope is a great cost saving investment.

3. Improve window and door efficiency

If your home has older windows and doors, they probably don’t keep coolness in and warmth out as well as they should. The most preferred option, of course, is to replace them. But if you don’t have thousands of dollars to put toward a home improvement, improving their efficiency with weather stripping measures is a good solution until you do. For tips on weather stripping practices and materials, consultant an HVAC technician.

4. Install Window Fans

Window fans do great job of keeping homes cool in mild weather, saving homeowners money by using less electricity than AC equipment. If you live in a moderate climate, you can probably cool your home with window fans up to three months a year (mid spring and early autumn), saving hundreds of dollars on your annual electric bill. Window fans are available in various department stores.

5. Reseal your Ductwork

Over time, ductwork can develop leaks that allow cool air to escape into ceilings and walls instead of arriving in living areas full force. If it seems like your home isn’t cooling as well as before, leaky ductwork, which is inexpensive to test for and repair, could be to blame. Resealing your ductwork allows your conditioner to work more efficiently, using less power and lowering your electric bill.