When it comes to air conditioning, many people are unaware that both heating and cooling systems require occasional maintenance to retain their optimal performances. Otherwise, air conditioners will slow down and not work as well while using up just as much, if not more, energy. Here are some quick and easy ways to improve the efficiency of your air conditioning.
Turn up the thermostat:
You may think it’s counterproductive, but it’s important to make sure you give your air conditioner a break every so often. Try to get in the habit of turning up the thermostat when you leave the house, or better yet, get a programmable thermostat that lets you set a timer to monitor the temperature of your home.
Keep vents open:
It’s easy to mistakenly put a piece of furniture or other obstruction in front of a cooling vent, but it’s not very efficient. Make sure all of the vents in your home are open at all times and free of obstacles and obstructions. You should also make an effort to clean the dust out of the vents anytime they look dirty or you notice that your air conditioning isn’t working as well as it used to.
Clean around the unit itself:
Many people neglect to realize that air conditioning maintenance involves going outside and checking the unit. Make sure it’s clean and totally free of debris, including surrounding landscaping. If you need assistance, you can find information online, but a professional HVAC service can also help.
Keep the thermostat cool:
It’s important to know that your thermostat adjusts the temperature based on the temperature it’s currently detecting. This means that if your thermostat is in a particularly sunny or warm room, it could overcompensate by blasting your air conditioning at full power. Make sure to keep the room your thermostat is in as cool as possible to prevent over working the unit.
Skip the baking:
It’s no secret that using your oven can heat up your entire home. On those brutally hot days, try to find alternative cooking methods. This also goes for using the dryer — if it’s not absolutely necessary, it’s better to wait until a cooler day.
Ultimately, switching to high-efficiency air conditioners, in addition to taking other actions to keep your home cool, can reduce energy use for air conditioning by 20% to 50%. For more information about heating and cooling, contact Hager Fox.