One of the most common questions we get from homeowners in regards to their air conditioning system is how they can improve system efficiency to lower cooling costs. Considering how uncomfortably warm it can get, and how long our summers can be, it’s only natural that you might wonder this as well.
We have good news! There are a number of air conditioning services to help with this, including preventive maintenance that helps you avoid repairs, and lowers bills. There are also HVAC and indoor air quality products that can help with this.
Even simple things like adjusting your thermostat a few degrees higher than usual and ensuring that you change your air filter every 1-3 months will help to improve efficiency. Read on for more details and additional tips to improve efficiency and cooling costs!
Turn Up That Temp
Remember how we said adjusting your thermostat a few degrees higher than usual can help? Now keep in mind, we’re not saying you should make your home hotter than comfortable. However, you could really be turning your thermostat settings down lower than you actually need to stay comfortable.
Many homeowners have their thermostat set to 71°F when most people are perfectly comfortable at about 78°F throughout the day. Additionally, you can save energy and subsequent costs by raising the temperature when you aren’t home, or while you’re sleeping. Don’t waste unnecessary energy by cooling a home you aren’t even using. Or by lowering temperatures more than you actually need.
Turn On Those Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans cannot help lower the temperature of your living space. They can, however, make you and your family feel cooler when you’re in the same room. This is because ceiling fans help sweat evaporate from our bodies, which is our natural way of keeping cool. On a mild day, a ceiling fan could be sufficient enough to keep you cool and keep your bills lower (as long as people are in the room where it’s being used).
When you use your AC system in combination with these fans, the fans help push cooled air down and keep warm air rising. In other words, your ceiling fans help to more evenly distribute the air-conditioned air, helping it to work more efficiently!
Change Your Air Filter
The air filter that comes with your HVAC installation is in place for an important purpose, but it might not be what you think. Many homeowners believe it’s in place to protect indoor air quality, when its actual purpose is to protect the interior components of the air conditioner from dirt, dust, and other debris.
When the air filter gets too clogged up, it restricts airflow, which causes your air conditioner to run too long and basically work too hard to do its job. In other words, it will work inefficiently. Depending on the type of air filter in your system and the level of contaminants in your home, this air filter should be changed every 1-3 months. The good news is, this is an easy maintenance task that you can do on your own!