We may have had some chilly mornings lately, indicating that fall weather is finally on its way, but as any Anaheim resident knows, the warmer temperatures aren’t done with us quite yet, as in the past we’ve had Novembers with 90°+ days. That said, our air conditioners aren’t done doing their job quite yet.
Since our HVAC systems make up half of all of our energy use, it makes sense you’d be resistant to still use yours in the coming weeks. But you don’t have to sacrifice your comfort to save money! Keep reading for a few tips on what you can do to boost AC efficiency and subsequently lower your bills.
Utilize Your Ceiling Fans
“But wait,” you might be wondering, “won’t this just use up more of my energy?” Well, no, not if you use them right.
Your ceiling fans help to better circulate conditioned air throughout your home, taking the burden off of your air conditioner. As a result, you’ll find that you can turn your air conditioner’s thermostat up a few degrees, and even the smallest adjustment can make a big difference in energy consumption and costs!
Install a Programmable Thermostat
If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat in place, it’s time to consider one. These thermostats allow your air conditioner to only come on when your home reaches a certain temperature. Surprisingly, there are still quite a few homes that use the old, manual slider thermostats, and these can be inaccurate.
If your thermostat is off by even a couple of degrees, it can cause your air conditioner’s compressor to run that much longer, wasting energy in the process.
Change the Air Filter!
A clogged up air filter can create a boatload of problems for your cooling system, such as decreased efficiency. When your air filter becomes too clogged, airflow in and out of the air conditioner is restricted, making it much harder for it to perform its job.
We advise that you change your air filter every 1-3 months during the cooling season.
Check the State of Your Ducts
We don’t mean that you should crawl up into your attic and actually look at your ducts, but rather, call in a pro. After all, 30% of the cool, conditioned air can escape through faulty ductwork. Leaks and breaches in the ductwork can significantly lower your energy efficiency, causing bills to skyrocket. Be sure you have a professional HVAC technician inspect your ducts to ensure they’re properly sealed.
Schedule Annual Maintenance
Did you have maintenance done last spring, before the cooling season began? If so, you’re in good shape, so long as you took care of any repair needs that might have cropped up during that tune-up.
During maintenance tune-ups, our technicians thoroughly inspect your system to locate and repair minor issues before they become major (and expensive). In addition, we’ll make any adjustments necessary in order to boost your system’s performance, and thus its efficiency.