How to cut your electric bill in half part 5  air conditioning free ideas DIY

**How to cut your electric bill in half part 5 air conditioning free ideas DIY**



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39 thoughts on “**How to cut your electric bill in half part 5 air conditioning free ideas DIY**

  1. lawrence wolfe

    glad you talked about the fan having a slinger on it, and what it does. I have read alot of threads the last few years about the homeowner buying a new window air conditioner and noticing that there is no drain hole for the water to drain, and they take a drill and drill a hole, totally voiding the warranty and shortening the compressors life, then they wonder why the air conditioner isnt cooling like there old one. technology changes the way things look and work compared to years past so if something looks odd read your manual and if you still not sure call the help line and ask questions.

  2. hezekiah johnston

    WOW 105 in MO??? and…. 98% humidity??? and ppl did NOT have a/c units there all along? 90 and 90% humidity is nasty sticky and need A/C even in WI/Maine/NY/VT/NH so stands to reason HAVE TO HAVE IT IN MO where it is HOT HOT HOT and HUMID/hazy HHH.   GO BIG on a/c units the figures they put on the box LIE about what size room they cool!!!! a/c units are way OVERRATED by the manufacturers; ESPECIALLY PORTABLE UNITS THAT ARE LIKE 50% "efficient"   and depending on how much insulation a house has…. how good the a/c works. how much sun it is getting…. all day? I figure go ONE SIZE BIGGER a/c than what the a/c charts recommend. get too small a unit and it takes forever to cool a place and it is NOT THAT COOL.  I got 6000 BTU unit for 13x 15 room and it takes a WHILE to cool the room to 82. got fan to blow on me so that makes it ok.  better than 90 inside… when it is 110 outside, in the shade… 150 in the sun…. 200 on the dash of car with meat thermometer. yes tap water and corrosion on ac units is a known problem. it should make its own distilled water from the humidity in the air and in MO… GOT HUMIDITY so it shd fill up quickly in the pan with distilled water.

  3. China Rider

    Coils are like a radiator for the compressor?? Have you EVER actually learned anything about HVAC?? Because thats not how an air conditioner/heat pumps work…lol The fan pulls outside air across the coils(the compressor is what pressurizes the system to keep refrigerant running through the pipes behind the fins, and it basically removes heat from the air, resulting in the air being nice and cold when it is sent back inside and cools the house. The compressor has NO cooling system at all…it merely keeps the refrigerant in the system at the proper pressure through the system, which raises the boiling point(most refrigerant has a very low boiling point, and would instantly boil and be released into the air, outside the system) and the compressor pressurizes it to control the boiling point, to keep it liquid when it needs to be, and turns into a gas after it goes through the coils and absorbs the heat out of the air, and release it either inside or outside, depending it the a/c is on or if the heat is on..Of course plain a/c units don't provide heat, so they are even simpler. Heat pumps are called heat pumps because thats all they ultimately do, is either pump heat into the house, or remove the heat and pump it outside. No refrigeration is done because the cold was added to the air, but they work, by removing heat, and therefore when the air comes back through the system, it is nice and cold, because the air has had the actual heat particles removed..very simple machines tbh…But please make sure you do your due diligence to make sure what you are telling people is accurate. A simple google search would have explained how a/c works, and you wouldn't be making videos, and giving people false info, and showing anyone that knows ANYTHING about HVAC stopped listening when you proved you don't understand the basic functions of your unit.

  4. HotRockCentral

    Jeff, you taught me something I didn't know about the slinger. Back in the old days a/c's had a drain hole but my newest a/c didn't have any so I assumed it was missed in the production & drilled a hole in mine. It still cools good to me but even with a drain hole, I have to go & clean it out a couple times a season 'cuz it gets blocked with a slimey muck build up in there so I'm wondering if all that muck is building up & can't escape out a drain, it's slinging it at the condenser & going to plug it up pretty fast by my guess which means you'd have to pull out the unit several times a season to wash the condenser, not a chore I care much to have to do. A little loss in efficiency is more palatable to me than dealing with that. Have you run across that kind of issue?

  5. Michelle


    iv got a old type of window AC
    do i have to keep topping up the water , its set at 7 1/2 to get 50 deg , i put my water in from the inside it did cut out , now im waiting to see what temp it goes to before it cuts back in ??

  6. Alex Guzzi

    Can't have wire like that feeding an receptacle. Where wire is subject to physical damage it must be inside conduit.

  7. sidekickfanboy

    How often should you put water on those coils. once a day, once every 6 hours, any information you provide will be a great help

  8. Judgment Proof

    I've actually heard that the newer AC is don't even require water in the tray. In fact one AC that I got brand new I noticed there was a flaw in the tray. This particular tray could allow water to run from the tray, down the wall, and even inside the wall causing tremendous damage if unaddressed. I didn't know this was potentially a threat until a friend pointed this out and thankfully that friend had a drill to be able to place one or two holes in an appropriate spot in the tray, saving the wall from getting ruined. There's a strong possibility water may have gotten inside the wall before with another AC or maybe even rain, this is a risk you should consider when installing an AC.

    Another thing you want to make sure of is to make sure to tell the AC back. If it's improperly installed it can release water inside the wall or inside the floor. If you're in an upstairs apartment, water in the floor can actually sleep through to the downstairs apartment ceiling, causing the ceiling to collapse on the downstairs neighbor. This happened to me one time when the upstairs neighbor had an improperly installed AC. Someone visiting my home noticed the ceiling in one of my rooms collapsed and I thought they were just referring to water stains on the ceiling. The room at the time was poorly lit as this was night time, and I was just getting around to go to bed as my company was leaving. It wasn't until the next day that I happened to be passing through that room when I was shocked at seeing that the ceiling really had collapsed when I thought it was just a water stain. There are water stains on at of my ceilings, and I thought there was a pipe above the spot where the ceiling collapsed not knowing it was more than just a water stain until the next day. As shocked as I was I managed to call the landlord and let him know there must be a pipe leak upstairs and when he came he investigated and found an improperly installed AC right above where the ceiling collapsed on me the night before. The mess was cleaned up and repaired and the AC had to be properly installed. Another thing to be concerned about is if the upstairs neighbor has an AC right above your bedroom, especially if you happen to have a very expensive bed and it's not really possible to move your bed elsewhere. I worry that one day someone will be in properly install an AC in that window and I'll either come home to a wet bed or wake up to one. I'm just glad I now have renters insurance just in case something like this happens but I shouldn't have to ever replace Tempur-pedic

  9. Vito D

    good luck to that when you not going to be home your house will get on fire and water that in that AC that splashing all over those electrical connection , lol what an idiot… hey when your HOUSE is on fire and you know what coused it….. you know who to sue.

  10. Eric Kosak

    I have learned to look for the following to save with air conditioners:

    1- Variable compressor technology (lower consumption when room is near set temperature)
    2- Mini split AC to keep the compressor outside (keep the compressor heat out) and simplify the installation
    3- Heat pump to heat in the winter (two functions for the same price – heat & cool)
    4- High SEER (above 25) and high COP numbers (above 3.5)
    5- Install it with a sensor to detect the presence of a person (if nobody in the room after x minutes, it turns off)

  11. David M

    As an Electrical Engineer I need to make it clear that electricity is priced per kilowatt hour and using a 110v or 220v standard makes not difference as you will use 1/2 the amps at the higher voltage, but consume the exact same number of kilowatts. It is true that the losses due to the wires going to the AC unit will be reduced, but these should be very small! You can also minimize by using a heavy duty wire and having a short run. Most people would be far better just buying a more expensive extension cord. The 110 AC units are manufactured on a very large scale and are very efficient. There are not too many 220 units in the field. They are mainly very large units. Typically the only 220v appliance in a house would be an electric dryer or water heater. I would rather have natural gas and only 110 in my house. 220v is more dangerous and should only be handled by a licensed electrician. Even most Electrical Engineers I know wouldn't do their own.

  12. William Readling

    I have a late model frigidaire window AC. Refrigerant runs through tubing in the condensate tray, immediately after leaving the compressor, acting as a desuperheater which results in lower compressor head pressures, and lower energy usage. It also has a slinger.

  13. Bob The Buider

    Fraud detector beginning to chirp. Bits of actual information, but lack of basic understanding of air conditioning and electricity. The Miami Vice outfit doesn't help with credibility either.

  14. Tj Smith

    I did a test with a kill a watt meter. Just by spraying the condenser I went from using 1080 Watts of power to only using 860 Watts.

  15. M S

    I have a GE 10,000BTU window AC and the compressor has built in thermal protection so no need for water as it also came with a Drain plug on the back located at the bottom corner. You can control how much water seeps out. My AC is awesome and always performs well.

  16. Mary Hill

    Hi. Really helpful information. Thanks for posting. My question is how and when do you use an attic fan?

  17. Scott Allen

    Stupid Video!
    230 volt 'jobbers' use 1/2 the amps because it's twice the voltage. It's called ohms law, you should learn it.
    Too bad the electric company charges by wattage, not amps.
    Amps x Volts = Watts.

  18. phathonda450

    Slinger threw the coils..😂 you mean the condenser fan. And the condenser does not cool the compressor motor the condenser is riddding the heat out of the refrigerant which it returns to the evaporator and collects more heat out of the room. And running an appliance at 220 vs 110 does not use less energy your charged by the kilo watt hr and the watts dont change either way

  19. dbcrn859

    I hate those slingers. Sounds like there's a waterfall in my window. I returned a unit because of it. None of my other four AC units do that and they've lasted 20 years so far.

  20. rounddancefan1

    wow i really like this video, you sound like you know alot about the ac window units, well im just looking through video after video, and i think i may have found the right video, see mine is a souleusair 10,000 btu and on very hot days it blowing cold but not cooling the air, and it has the energy saver mode, and yes mine is in the sun all day, which i was thinking last week maybe i should put it on the other side of the room where it will be in the shade most of the day. now i just got through cleaning the fron coils and sprayed down the rear coils buts cool out today and its blowing nice and cold but idk if its because its cool out or if the cleaning actually worked. so now i know to add water in the back, yes it does drip water all day when its hot out. Also some times it freezes up in the evenings the front coils turn to ice. happen a few times last year after cleaning it.

  21. Kathy Kitzcat

    I kept wanting you to stop a minute and pay attention to the kitty that was crying, lol. Thanks for the tips. They are very helpful.

  22. SamytheGreek

    You mean to tell me air conditioners need to be watered every so often, or do they make their own water but sometimes dry out so thats why you put water in?

  23. Gary Riefle

    I have a 18 year old 220 unit that holds and makes its own water from its own condensation. The fan picks it up and throws the water on the condenser. Usually in late summer, that thing gets to sweating so good, water just runs out the back and it gets freezing cold inside. For a unit that old it kicks, only had to replace the capacitor on it one time since i bought it new.

  24. Joe Schmo

    Great informative video. I forwarded it to. Friend who always drills holes, or removes drainage plugs on his window units. And he wonders why he’s buying a new one every couple of seasons! I’ve had 3 LG 8000’s going on 5 years. A little maintenance goes a long way 👍🏻👍🏻


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