Posted on: Jun 21, 2016
Summer promises to be even hotter than spring, so it’s vital that you keep your central air running at top efficiency. Air conditioner units work hard during the hot months but by following some tips, you can keep your home cool and your energy bills down.
To ensure your unit runs at maximum efficiency, schedule regular maintenance service with an experienced HVAC specialist.
Proper thermostat location
Ensure that your thermostat location isn’t near any heat sources such as direct sunlight from a window or appliances such as electronics or lamps because it will run longer trying to cool the whole house when only that one location is hot.
An adjustment of 5-8 degrees can result in energy savings and less load on your central air. Use a programmable thermostat that can adjust the temperature when you’re not home or when you’re asleep.
Ovens and stoves create large amounts of heat when used so cook outdoors as much as possible to keep your home cooler and reduce the load on your air conditioning unit.
Portable and ceiling fans help circulate the cooled air in your home without using much energy and this can improve the efficiency of your central air.
Showering adds moisture and heat to the home so run the vent fan whenever you wash to help reduce overall warmth.
Turn Off the System
Turning your air conditioning system off when you don’t need it is more efficient than leaving it on all the time and can lower your energy costs.
Keep Vents Clear
Your system works more efficiently when the vents and ducts are free of debris. Keep curtains, furniture and other objects away from vents to ensure proper airflow.
Replace Your Older Unit
Today’s central air units have increased efficiency compared to their predecessors so it might be time to replace your old unit with a newer model.
External Unit Location
The location of your exterior central air unit affects its efficiency so try to keep it in a shaded area while maintain adequate clearance and air flow.
Stay Cool In Your Basement
The basement of your home is usually several degrees cooler than the floors above so spend time in your finished basement rooms if you have them and give your air conditioning a break.
Contact our experts at Airco Service, Inc. to ensure your central air runs at maximum efficiency.