Top 5 Methods for Improving AC Efficiency
Summer is officially here! If you’re not already, you’ll be using your AC on a daily basis very soon. So now is a great time to start thinking about how you can save money without sacrificing comfort. During this season, when you need your cooling system the most, it’s vital that you get the most out of it, right?
When your air conditioner is operating as efficiently as possible, you don’t need to worry about costly energy bills. Fortunately, there are many simple things you can do to boost your air conditioner’s efficiency. Read on as we uncover our top 5 tips for boosting your air conditioner’s efficiency.
Tip #1: Utilize Your Ceiling Fans
If you have ceiling fans in your home, use them! Your ceiling fans help out by circulating air evenly throughout your home. The benefit of this is when you use these fans in combination with your air conditioner, it distributes the cooled air better.
This means you can turn the thermostat up a couple degrees so your AC won’t run as long, and still feel great inside your home. After all, just by raising the temp by a few degrees will save you tons on monthly cooling costs.
Tip #2: Use a Programmable Thermostat
Investing in a programmable thermostat from even the most basic digital thermostat is a fantastic way to boost your air conditioner’s efficiency. A programmable thermostat allows you to adjust your cooling for the day without worrying about forgetting to turn your air conditioner on or off at a certain time, or when you leave for work.
Tip #3: Change Out Your Air Filters
A clogged up air filter creates a boat-load of problems for your air conditioning system, including decreased AC efficiency. When the air filter gets too clogged up, airflow in your air conditioner is restricted, making it much harder for your cooling system to actually do its job.
We recommend changing the air filter in your air conditioner (and your furnace) every 1-3 months, depending on the type of filter and the level of contaminants in your air.
Tip #4: Make Sure Your Ductwork Is in Good Shape
Were you aware that 30% of cool, conditioned air can escape through damaged ductwork? Leaks and tears in your air ducts can significantly lower the energy efficiency of your HVAC systems, causing bills to rise. Be sure to have a professional HVAC tech inspect your ductwork to ensure that they are in good shape—properly sealed and cleaned.
Tip #5: Schedule AC Maintenance
Annual air conditioning tune-ups are the best way to ensure that your cooling system operates as efficiently and effectively as possible. Plus, it’s key to a long and successful AC service life.
During your tune-up, our professionals thoroughly inspect your system to spot any signs of trouble or components that need adjusting. Additionally, we’ll alert you to repair needs so you can get them managed before they have a chance to damage your air conditioner further.