How to Keep Your Air Conditioner as Efficient as Possible
During the summer months, you need your air conditioner to be in excellent condition so that it’s able to keep your home as cool and comfortable as possible. You also need to make sure that your AC is as efficient as possible so that you’re not forced to overpay for the energy it uses to cool your home. Cooling your home during the months takes up a huge portion of your Summerville home’s energy costs.
You may need to have one of the professional cooling contractors at Stay Cool Heating and Air perform maintenance or repairs on your home’s air conditioning system, but there are some things that you can take care of on your own as well.
Keep it Clean
Your air conditioner’s ducts are what distribute cooled air throughout your home, and when they become dirty, clogged, or blocked in any way, your AC will need to work harder to distribute that air. You may be able to clear some of the debris on your own, but it’s not uncommon for your ducts to require a professional cleaning.
Changing your air filters at least once every three months during the cooling season can help you guarantee that your air conditioner is always as efficient as possible.
Although you’ll have to hire a professional heating and cooling contractor for the job, AC tune-ups are the most beneficial thing you can do for your air conditioner:
- Having a tune-up once a year will minimize the amount of repairs that you need for your Summerville home’s air conditioner.
- Tune-ups will take care of any looming problems with your AC and keep you from needing emergency repairs.
The professionals at Stay Cool Heating and Air recommend you have a tune-up every year, just before the cooling season begins.
Get the Timing Right
Limiting the time that you use heat-producing appliances like washing machines and dryers, dishwashers, and ovens to the coolest parts of the day will also cut down on the energy you use to cool your home.
In bathrooms, kitchens, or other rooms in which a good amount of heat is produced, placing outward blowing fans in the windows can help out a lot. They’ll remove the heat from the room so that your air conditioner doesn’t need to work as hard to keep your home cool.
Sometimes you aren’t losing energy efficiency from the air conditioner itself, but from parts of your Summerville home that aren’t properly sealed or insulated. A large part of the conditioned air of your home can be lost through cracks in doorways, windows, and attics. Making sure that your home is properly sealed and insulated can hugely cut down on your bills.