Summer is nearly here and your air conditioning unit is going to be working overtime to cool your home and keep you and your family comfortable. What can you do to make sure your air conditioning unit runs smoothly and efficiently? We have some tips to help you maximize comfort and save money.
Summer Air Conditioning Tips
Check your filters
A good habit to get into is checking the air filters on your air conditioning unit at least once per month. This is especially helpful during the summer months when dust and allergens are more heavily circulated. Clogged filters will make it so your system needs to work harder to get the same amount of cool air.
Keep heat sources away from your thermostat
Lamps, televisions, and other devices that produce heat will influence your thermostat and it may run longer than necessary. Also, try to keep it out of a location where sunlight will shine directly on it.
Touch that dial
Don’t just set it and forget it. If you can raise the temperature on the thermostat even one or two degrees, you can save a significant amount of money each year.
Consider programmed responses
A smart thermostat or timer can allow you to have the comfort of the A/C even if you forget to set it or are busy with other activities.
Keep the cool air indoors
Basic weatherization techniques around your home go a long way in saving you money and keep your home comfortable in the summer. Use insulation and seal leaks with caulking and weather stripping. Keep the cold air in and the hot air out.
Use your ceiling fans
If you have ceiling fans in your home, they can push the cool air down and cool your home for a fraction of the cost it takes to run your A/C. It can also be used in conjunction with your A/C and you can lower the degrees on your A/C a few degrees when you do this.
Contact an HVAC expert
Before the summer season truly kicks in, having an HVAC professional come take a look at your air conditioning unit is the best thing you can do for you and your family. It is better to identify any issues early than have your A/C break down in the hottest days of the year.