Our top priority is keeping you cool this summer, which is not always easy in the South Carolina heat. To help ensure your air conditioner is maximizing energy savings, we have provided 8 ways to boost your AC efficiency. These tips will help your system’s workload, save on your utility bill, and improve your overall comfort.
Your air conditioner will be most efficient if it and the area surrounding are clean and free of debris. Grass clippings, branches, and leaves can get stuck in your air conditioner or harm the productivity. If the inside of your unit seems dirty and affecting efficiency, give us a call to properly clean it for you!
Did you know that a programmable thermostat can save up to $180 a year? These thermostats monitor thermostat usage and can automatically adjust the temperature. Homeowners can operate their thermostat from a mobile device and adjust the temperature throughout the day when your air conditioner is not in use.
Your windows can let the heat of the day in without being open. With heat entering, your air conditioner is working constantly to keep up with the thermostat temperature. By covering your windows with blinds or curtains, you can decrease the amount of sunlight peeking through. Be sure to practice closing blinds during the day when it is warmest and opening them back up once the temperature cools.
Although a summer breeze may be nice from time to time, it is not the best for your air conditioning unit and its efficiency levels. Having a window or door open lets out your cool indoor air, causing your air conditioner to kick on to meet your thermostat setting. Your air conditioner will never meet the thermostat setting with the cool air escaping and warm air entering. Open windows and doors causes your air conditioner to constantly work and can result in your system overworking itself or a breakdown.
To maximize airflow, it is best to keep your air vents open, clear of furniture, and clean of any debris. If your vents are closed or blocked by furniture, you can damage your furniture, restrict airflow, and cause your ac unit to work harder. Add vacuuming your air vents to your weekly cleaning list to optimize efficiency and keep your utility bills low.
Your air filter not only regulates your air quality, but your airflow as well. The cleanliness of your air filter is one of the main determinants of your air conditioning efficiency. A dirty air filter makes your system work harder to push air through, which harms your efficiency and energy levels and makes your utility bills higher.
Did you know your ceiling fan has specific settings for summer and winter temperatures? Set your fan to rotate counterclockwise in the summer to create a cool breeze. The use of ceiling fans can help your indoor temperature and allow you to turn your thermostat up a few degrees, which saves the amount of energy your air conditioner is using.
Your heating and cooling unit should be serviced twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. This service ensures your system is running efficiently before the drastic temperature change where the unit will consistently run. Regular AC maintenance allows your technician to examine your unit and its components to make sure it is functioning correctly and efficiently. You may have a broken part in your air conditioner, but have no idea because your unit is working fine. This broken part could be silently harming the lifespan of your unit and your energy usage!
We hope you are able to maximize your air conditioning efficiency and save a couple extra dollars after reading this blog. Give us a call to help with all of your air conditioning needs and will be there for you in time of need. To ensure efficiency and avoid costly repair, invest in these simple tips!
We provide Heating, Cooling, Furnace & Air Conditioning Installation, Repair & Maintenance in Gaffney, SC and the surrounding areas since 1951. Contact us today to schedule service or request a free estimate.