How Can You Improve Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency This Summer?

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We’ve touted the benefits of routine maintenance in previous blog posts, stating how it can help prevent your air conditioning system from using up so much energy. Since your heating and cooling bills can make up over half of your total utility expenses, according to Department of Energy reports, naturally you want to find ways to save money on your cooling needs.

Maintenance is essential, but it’s not the only way you can improve your air conditioner’s efficiency—and save money—this summer. Keep reading to discover how to keep your AC healthy as we approach the dog days of summer.

Adjust Your Thermostat

Adjusting your temperature by as little as 5-8 degrees can make a significant difference in energy usage and cost. A programmable thermostat allows you to set the temperature for different times of the day, to account for times that nobody is home, or when you are sleeping and don’t need the house to be as cool.

Keep Thermostat Away From Heat Sources

Pay attention to where your thermostat is located. Placing heat producing appliances near your thermostat, such as lamps or electronics, will tell it that the air in your home needs to be cooled more, causing your air conditioner to run longer and work harder than it needs to. For this same reason, make sure your thermostat is not in the path of a window that receives direct sunlight.

Keep Vents Unobstructed

Vacuum dust and debris away from indoor supply vents. This will help maintain steady airflow from your system. Additionally, make sure that you keep items such as blinds, curtains, furniture, toys, etc. from blocking the vents.

Utilize Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans do not decrease the temperature in your home. However, they assist your air conditioner by helping the air feel cooler. Therefore, you can set your thermostat about 5-10 degrees warmer but use your ceiling fans in the room you are occupying. Ceiling fans barely use up any energy, making them very efficient.

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