If you are like most people, you love saving money. When it comes to your air conditioning system, the best way to do that is to ease the strain on the system as much as you can. This will reduce your utility costs, extend the life of the system, and prevent unnecessary repair costs. Here are some tips to keep your air conditioning system working efficiently and effectively:
- Tip #1 – Annual Maintenance Service: You should have your air conditioning system serviced by a professional at least once a year, preferably before you turn it on in the summer. They will test the components, including checking the refrigerant, ducts, and condenser coil. They will provide any minor repairs, adjustments, or lubrication, and clean your system to operate at peak performance. To learn about our Home Service Agreements, which provide two maintenance visits per year, call us today!
- Tip #2 – Change the Filters Regularly: Your HVAC professional can provide you with a recommendation about changing the filters on your air conditioning system. Every home is a bit different, but at least once a month you should check to make sure the filters are not clogged or dirty. A dirty filter is often the cause of improperly operating HVAC systems.
- Tip #3 – Adjust the Thermostat: The colder you keep your home, the more the air conditioning system has to work. While you shouldn’t adjust it to the point you are uncomfortable or you risk humidity issues, most households find a one to two degree change is acceptable. In addition, the use of a programmable thermostat to save energy when nobody is at home is a great way to reduce strain on your air conditioning system.
- Tip #4 – Insulation: Make sure your home has adequate insulation and all leaks are addressed. Check the windows and doors, as well as attic insulation. One common culprit to higher air conditioning usage is recessed lighting. If you have this in your home, make sure it has air-tight housings and that there is proper insulation above. An attic fan is another great idea as it will help to reduce the temperature in your home.