Tips for Improving AC Efficiency

Posted on: May 12, 2016

AC Efficiency

Summers around the Tulsa and Oklahoma City area are usually very hot and humid. If you are like most homeowners, you have concerns about the high cost of keeping your home cool and comfortable during the summer. The first thing to remember is the more efficient your air conditioner is, the less energy it will use. Here are some tips that could improve the efficiency of your air conditioner and keep your electric bill in check this summer.

Schedule a Pre-Season Tune-Up

One of the best ways to improve the efficiency of your air conditioner is to make sure you don’t skip its annual preventive maintenance service. During this tune-up, the service technician will identify any problems with the unit, including parts that should be replaced or adjustments that are needed to keep your air conditioner running smoothly this summer. A clean and well-maintained air conditioning unit will use less electricity than one that has been neglected over the years.

Pay Attention to Your Thermostat

By setting your thermostat to one degree lower, you may be able to reduce your cooling costs by up to five percent. It is recommended to keep the temperature set at no lower than 78 degrees during the summer. Better yet, upgrading your thermostat to a programmable model can help your keep your home cooled only when your home…no more forgetting to turn off the air conditioning before you leave for work every day.

Keep Air Circulating

Ceiling fans can help improve the efficiency of your air conditioning by circulating the cooled air around your home. On days when it is not too hot, you can use your fans to cut down on the time you need to run your air conditioner.

Change Your Air Filter

Keep air flowing through your air conditioning system by making sure you check your air filters once a month and change as needed. A clogged air filter will make your air conditioner have to work harder to keep your home cool. This causes unnecessary wear and tear to the unit and higher electric bills.

Schedule an appointment with Airco Service today to get your air conditioner ready for the hot summer ahead.