Instant Savings Tip, Get the Air Conditioner out of the Window
Covering the A.C. unit or removing it from the window can save energy this winter
Hope you had a memorable Veterans Day that included a little prayer for all the men and women that have fought for our country and our freedom. I have attended the local parade over the years and have always struggled at times to maintain my composure.
There was always the one float that was designed like a boat that carried surviving soldiers of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Last time I attended the parade, the number of soldiers on the float was down to just two. At times it is easy to remember how so many gave so much.
On to energy savings
I was auditing a home last week and was doing the blower door test. Remember, the blower door will test the house for air tightness and will let us know just how much air is leaking into and out of the house. During this test, I am reminded that a window air conditioner is really nothing more than a big leaky hole.
An air conditioner that is mounted permanently through a wall is the same thing. We forget that when the A.C. unit is not running and cooling the house, it is just sitting there allowing air to pass unrestricted through it.
You can remove a window unit and close the window. Be sure to save all the parts for installing the air conditioner next spring.
For a unit that is mounted through a wall, I recommend you build a box that fits over the back of the unit and secure it on the outside of the wall. Remember to unplug the unit and attach a tag on the plug that reminds you to remove the box before you plug the unit back in.
Well, have a great Veterans Day and come back to detectenergy.com real soon, but I won’y leave the light on for you…