Summer is here, and so is the heat. We know just how important air conditioning is to your home, so that’s why we put together 5 tips to maximize the efficiency of your AC, and save you some money in the process:
Change your filter
Changing your air filter is the easiest task you can complete when it comes to maintaining your air conditioner, and it goes a long way. If you wait a long period of time to change your filter; dust, dirt, and other grime will have the chance to cover it and block the air flow. If you have a temporary filter, make sure to change it out once a month. If your filter is permanent, all you need to do it take it out and wash it monthly.
Invest in a smart thermostat
A smart thermostat usually isn’t the first thing that people think of when it comes down to saving on AC costs. Smart thermostats are easily programmable, allowing it to learn your schedule to create the most energy efficient routine for your air conditioner to run on.
Cover your windows
About 76% of the sunlight that hits your windows becomes heat. If the heat from the sunlight is allowed inside, your air conditioner will have to work twice as hard to cool down your home. The best way to limit this is to place blinds, curtains, drapes, or awnings over your sun-facing windows to block sunlight from getting in.
Reduce Heat From Other Appliances
This method not only reduces the stress on your AC, but helps save on energy costs as well. All you have to do it limit the use of the larger energy/heat-using appliances in your home such as: stoves, ovens, and drying machines. When you are planning what to cook for dinner, try cooking outside on the grill, or even hang your clothes up to dry in the sun to lighten the load for your air conditioner.
Protect Your Unit From The Sun
Providing some kind of shade for your HVAC unit can drastically improve its efficiency. Using an awning or even a tree to protect against sunlight can help your AC run smoother and use less energy. Just remember to keep any vegetation a safe distance from your unit. If debris is able to find its way inside your system, it can cause permanent damage.
If none of these methods have been successful in lowering your electric bill, it may mean there is damage to your unit. If this is the case, don’t hesitate to contact us through our website, or give us a call at (360) 382-1180.