Easy Tasks to Improve Your Air Conditioner Efficiency
One of the most important aspects of the heating and cooling business is reducing energy consumption, which is why we’re offering tips to increase your air conditioner efficiency every day this summer.
Heating and cooling account for up to 60% of your monthly energy usage, but those are numbers based on equipment that is far too old and doesn’t match up to today’s standards. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not a true statistic. One thing that is far too common for homeowners is holding onto their systems much longer than they should.
Whether it’s on your monthly energy bill or it’s in frequent repairs, there’s a point in time when an older system stops being worth any further investment because it’s only costing you money. Not only that, but on top of the money it’s costing you, it’s also costing the environment.
If everyone upgraded their systems, it would significantly reduce the strain put on our energy resources, which is why you’ll see government incentives like the SaveOnEnergy rebates. To decide which system to upgrade to, you can always use SEER as a guide.
However, if you already have a new system or your system is still going strong, there are other ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Here are some tips on how to do that:
- Clean up around your air conditioner – During the spring, a lot of weeds, left over debris from the winter and other foreign objects can occupy the space around your air conditioner. This directly affects the airflow of the system and can reduce your air conditioner efficiency.
- Replace the filter in your furnace or air handler – Despite it being the summer time, most homes with a central air system use their furnace to distribute the air from their air conditioner. So don’t forget about replacing your furnace filter in the summer months, it’s still going! A dirty filter will reduce the airflow in your system and leave it vulnerable to breakdowns.
- Use fans to be comfortable at a higher temperature – Ceiling and floor fans can help circulate the air in your home and keep the temperature consistent. A more consistent temperature usually allows for more tolerance from the people in your home and you can live with raising the thermostat a couple degrees in the summer.
- Try ductless – Mini-split systems offer comfort to that room that always seems too hot in the summer. Whether you’re getting a new system or using this to supplement your old one, ductless systems will allow you to customize your comfort instead of cranking the AC in hopes of cooling down that hard-to-reach room.
- Schedule maintenance – Next to upgrading your system, a check and clean is the number one way to improve your air conditioner efficiency. Not only because an A1 technician will clean and tune up your system, but they can also spot potential problems and inefficiencies with your system and offer personalized advice.
A1 Air Conditioning is always happy to answer any questions you have, so if you’re wondering how to improve your home efficiency, click here to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.