Around this time of year, the temperatures really start to rise and everyone cranks up their A/C to match. For some, that can also mean a rise in electric costs — and, let’s face it, no one wants that! This summer, keep cool and keep your utility bills down with the following tips to help you maximize your air conditioner’s performance and cool your home with less effort.
Start With A/C Maintenance
At the start of the summer, it’s a good idea to have your air conditioner checked over by a professional HVAC contractor. Ideally, it’s best to have a system tune-up before you turn it on for the summer, but if you forget, late is better than never! Routine air conditioner maintenance ensures that everything is in good working order for the season, and it can help keep your A/C running as efficiently as possible!
Unblock Your Vents
It’s easy enough for a vent to get covered by a rug or blocked by the couch. But, for every vent that gets blocked, your HVAC system has to work that much harder to cool a space. One simple way to improve efficiency and keep costs down is to make sure that nothing blocks the vents (or air returns) so cool air can circulate more easily.
Close the Curtains
One of the biggest reasons your air conditioner has to work so hard is because of sunlight streaming in and heating up your home. A super simple way to keep your home cooler during the day — and, thus, keeping your electric bill down — is to close your curtains and blinds during the day. If you don’t want to close all of the window hangings, focus on any windows that get direct sunlight during the day (those that face east and west).
Run Appliances at Night
It might feel negligible, but running your appliances can generate a good amount of heat — especially your clothes dryer and oven. As much as possible, save your laundry and dish duty for the early morning and evening hours so your A/C system doesn’t have to fight sunlight and heat generated from your appliances.
Did you know that you can enjoy the same cooler feeling and raise your thermostat as much as 4 degrees? According to the Department of Energy, using fans helps to circulate air around the rooms, which gives you the same cooler feeling while running your A/C system less. This includes ceiling fans, stand fans, and anything else designed to move air. And, to save even more energy, you can turn off the fans when you leave a room. For anyone really looking to save, you may want to invest in Energy Star ceiling fans to keep you comfortable and cut down on energy usage.
Are you looking for experienced air conditioner repair or other efficiency tips for your air conditioner? Connect with the HVAC contractors at Davis Heating & Cooling today for help in Flemington and the surrounding areas.