Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature can be a high priority for Texans. During a particularly hot spell, it can be a safety issue as well. And all that cooling can lead to some pretty high utility bills. In fact, you may be paying more than you need to. There are several things you can do to use less energy while maintaining the same comfortable temperature. Your wallet—and the planet—will thank you.
Clean Your Air Filters
An air filter for your AC unit may be reusable, able to be wiped or washed clean and replaced into the unit. Or it may be disposable, so you can simply throw it away and slide in a brand-new one. Either way, make sure your air conditioner gets a fresh, clean filter every three months (or more often if you have concerns about dust, pet hair and dander, pollen, or other contaminants). An AC unit doesn’t have to work so hard to provide cool air if it doesn’t have to pull it through layers of buildup.
Use Your Ceiling Fans
You can maximize the benefit of your conditioned air by making sure it circulates as well as possible. During hot weather, keep the ceiling fan set to turn counterclockwise. This will provide you with a breeze and keep the temperature more even throughout your home.
Keep Indoor Vents Clear
It may only take a moment to go around your home checking the air vents and making sure they are free of dust bunnies and not blocked by furniture or other items. Using a vacuum cleaner with a hose or brush attachment can remove any dust that is slowing down airflow and putting a strain on the system.
Keep Outdoor AC Units Clear
In order to work as well as possible, the outdoor condenser cabinet needs a little space. This is where it releases the heat it has absorbed indoors, and you want it to be able to do that easily and efficiently. Give the cabinet about a foot of space on all sides, clearing away any debris and trimming trees or bushes. Then, wipe the unit down or use a hose to wash it. Keep the coils safe from damage by making sure not to spray directly into the grill.
Turn Up Your Thermostat
This might be surprising, but give it a try. If you’ve done the other things on this list, you should easily be able to raise the thermostat by a few degrees and still feel the same level of comfort. Then, perhaps, try raising the thermostat a few more degrees. Also, keep your thermostat set several degrees higher when you’re away or asleep.
Schedule Regular Maintenance
A regularly maintained system is an efficient system, avoiding air leaks, refrigerant leaks, or other problems that can cause an AC unit to waste energy. And a professional technician in AC service in Lake Jackson, TX can assess your system and your home and point out other ways that you might save energy.
To schedule maintenance, or if you have any other concerns, contact Switzerland Air today.