PSE&G Offers Tips for your Air Conditioner’s Spring Debut
Published on May 17, 2017 at 03:00p.m.
(Newark, N.J. – May 16, 2017) Is air conditioning in your forecast? With hot weather on the way, Public Service Electric and Gas Co. (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest utility, offers the following steps to ensure your air conditioner is ready for its spring debut.
- Clear your outdoor unit of grass, dirt and leaves.
- Make sure there is nothing obstructing airflow into the unit.
- Replace or clean your air filters once a month, or as directed by the manufacturer.
- Check that all vents in your home are fully open and not blocked by furniture or drapes.
- To keep a safe, high performing and efficient system, have it checked regularly by a qualified air conditioning and heating contractor.
Air conditioning can also lead to more usage and higher electric bills. Customers can save energy and money this summer by following a few easy and inexpensive tips.
- Seal holes and cracks around doors and windows with insulation or weather-stripping.
- Don’t cool an empty house. Set your thermostat higher when you are away.
- Don’t cool unused rooms. Close the vents and shut the door.
- Ceiling fans cool fast and cost less than air conditioning.
- Operate appliances in the morning or evening when it is cooler outside.
- When washing dishes or clothes, run full loads.
- Wash laundry in cold water.
- Close blinds and draperies facing the sun to keep out the sun’s heat.
- Replace air filters monthly. Dirty filters make your air conditioner work harder.
- Use a microwave or crockpot instead of the oven. They won’t heat the house.