Expert offers tips to get the most out of the air conditioner
POSTED: Friday, June 22, 2012 - 9:00am
UPDATED: Friday, June 22, 2012 - 9:02am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — To make sure you have the right number of BTUs, describe the size of the room to your sales rep, or go online.
"You can go to EnergyStar.gov and look and find out what size you need to meet that size room's need," Kessler advises.
Find out how much it costs to use the unit.
Kessler recommends looking for the Energy Star label and an Energy Efficiency Ratio of about 12.
If you already have a working air conditioner, make sure you're replacing the filters once a month.
More tips to keep you cool:
- Keep shades drawn, which can prevent up to ten percent of heat coming into your home.
- Use a ceiling fan if you can.
- If you have central AC, set a programmable thermostat to between 68 and 72 degrees.