Keeping a home cool and comfortable in the summer is, without a doubt, one of the biggest household expenses. In fact, heating and cooling costs can make up more than half of the total utility expenses. Although central AC units are usually much more efficient than window units, they still consume a tremendous amount of energy. Fortunately, there are several simple ways to improve air conditioning efficiency without compromising comfort. Homeowners who follow these steps can save money and decrease their impact on the environment.
To begin with, homeowners should clean or change their AC system’s air filters every three months. Nothing lowers an air conditioning unit’s efficiency more than dirty or clogged filters. When the filters are clogged or dirty, the system has to work harder to provide comfort, which uses more energy, damages the system, and increases utility bills. It is better to pay a few dollars for new filters than to spend much more on a new AC unit or higher electricity bills.
In addition to replacing filters, homeowners should clean around the outdoor condenser unit, which works more efficiently when it is clear of debris and clean. However, homeowners should hire a qualified heating and cooling technician for a more in–depth and thorough cleaning.
It is also important to vacuum indoor vents and keep then unblocked. Vacuuming debris and dust away from the supply vents will help maintain a steady airflow. In addition, it keeps items like toys, blinds, and furniture away from the vents.
Adjusting the thermostat temperature settings by a few degrees can go a long way in saving energy. Typically, adjusting the settings by five to eight degrees up in summer and down in winter can help save energy and money. With a programmable thermostat, homeowners can automatically set the temperatures for different times of the day, or during periods when they are away from home.
Other ways of improving air conditioning efficiency include:
• Keeping lamps and other heat producing equipment away from the thermostat
• Keeping blinds and curtains closed
• Clearing the drain line
• Not using the oven and dryer in the hottest hours of the day
• Insulating any exposed ductwork
Homeowners do not need to spend a lot of money to improve the efficiency of their air conditioning systems. Understanding the different parts of their AC system and keeping it running efficiently will keep it in top working condition for when they need it most. Call us for all your heating and air conditioning needs.