When you live somewhere like Lakewood, your air conditioner gets quite the workout during the summer months. Fortunately, your air conditioner is also durable and able to take it on, as long as your system is well-cared for.
But how much should you spend to enjoy your air conditioner this year? The costs of keeping cool can be high. After all, HVAC systems account for about half of all energy consumption when being used. But you could be paying much more than you actually need to.
The good news is there are a number of ways you can help boost your system’s efficiency and cut down on cooling costs. Read on as we uncover just how you can improve the energy efficiency of your air conditioner this summer.
Raise the Thermostat
Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting that you turn on the heat in the middle of summer. But you could be keeping your thermostat set lower than is actually necessary. Homeowners often set their thermostats as low as 72°F when most people are plenty comfortable at 78°F.
The thing is, a lower thermostat setting doesn’t provide you with cooling any faster—it just keeps the compressor running longer. By setting it a bit higher and even higher when you’re not home or when you’re sleeping, you could do a world of good for your energy usage and subsequent costs.
Keep Airflow Unobstructed
Before you start using your air conditioner this summer, it’s a good idea to make sure none of your indoor vents are blocked or dirty, and that you clean and clear away the outdoor condenser cabinet area, as well.
The condenser cabinet is where the air conditioner exhausts the heat it removes from your home. It cannot do this effectively if the cabinet is surrounded by dirt, leaves, lawn mulch, or other debris. You’ll want to clear out the area by a foot on all sides, and clean off any dirt and grime with a low-pressure hose.
Be Sure to Change Your Air Filter
The air filter in your HVAC cabinet is in place to protect the system itself, and the blower fan, from dust and other debris that gets drawn in through the return air ducts. The filter will become congested after 1–3 months, and if it isn’t removed, the blockage of airflow will force the AC system to work harder. Putting in a fresh filter and remembering to change it will help you maintain proper airflow.
Don’t Forget Maintenance
If you haven’t scheduled your regular maintenance yet this year, now is the perfect time! If you truly want to ensure the high efficiency of your air conditioner, maintenance is the way to do it. This service allows our technicians to fully inspect, clean, and adjust any components that needs it. We’ll also recommend repairs as needed so you can get them on your schedule for a time that’s most convenient for you.