Warm Climate of Maui : Reducing Air Conditioning Costs
December 27, 2016

According to the department of Energy 5 percent of the total electricity produced in the United states are used by Air Conditioners. In a climate as warm as Maui, beating the heat at work and at home is a necessity.

So how do you reduce those costs?

  1. Make sure you have solar screens on all your windows during the summer months. This will keep up to 70% of the solar energy from getting inside thru the windows.
  2. Keep the filter clean to allow for good air flow. When your filter is dirty you can lose as much as 50% of your air flow costing you money.
  3. Make sure you are using a programmable Thermostat. You can save up to 15% of the cost to heat and cool your home by setting your t-stat up when you are not there.
  4. Landscaping can make a big difference on your bill. Tall trees can block the sun and shade you home and save you money
  5. Don’t oversize when buying a new Air conditioning system.
  6. Clean the condenser/evaporator coils at the Start of each summer. The cleaner you keep your condenser the lower the cost to operate.
  7. Insulate the attic.
    • To  figure out how much insulation you need to add to your attic you must first figure out what you currently have in place.  If you have cellulose insulation and a flat ceiling, it’s simple to check the current R-value in your attic.
    • Using a  tape measure, measure the depth from top of the drywall up to the top of the cellulose. typical R value of 3.8 per inch for cellulose. We recommend you have a minimum of an R-38 in your attic.
  8. Test your ducts for leaks.
  9. Make sure your doors and windows are well sealed.
  10. The one people do not want to hear,  Replace that old system.

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