Your energy bill may have gotten a break thanks to an unseasonably warm winter, but soon things will be heating up. How can you save yourself from an outrageous energy bill this summer? Take these tips for improving air conditioner efficiency to heart.
9 Tips for Improving A/C Efficiency
- Clean up. Dirt, pollen, and organic debris can clog your outdoor unit. Clean the exterior of the unit and trim back any encroaching shrubs. If interior air conditioner cleaning is necessary, call a pro.
- Add some shade. A shaded air conditioner unit is up to 10% more effective than a unit in direct sunlight. Trees provide nice shade, but may drop debris onto your unit. A manmade structure provides more effective shade for an outdoor A/C unit.
- Vacuum vents. Keep your indoor vents dust-free by cleaning them regularly. Move any furniture that may block the vents.
- Replace air filters. Dirty air filters don’t just irritate your allergies. Dirty filters actually impede airflow, so your air conditioner has to work harder to cool the house.
- Adjust the thermostat. If you can bear it a few degrees warmer, adjust the thermostat to reduce energy costs. Program the thermostat to automatically adjust during times no one is home.
- Close the curtains. Direct sunlight heats up the house. Close the blinds so your A/C won’t have to work as hard.
- Be smart about heat sources. Position lamps and other heat-causing appliances away from the air conditioner. Use the dryer and oven during cooler parts of the day so your A/C won’t need to work as hard to compensate.
- Insulate ductwork. This will prevent the system from leaking cooled air before it gets where you want it.
- Schedule maintenance. Preventative air conditioner maintenance improves efficiency and lowers energy costs.
Does your air conditioner need repairs? Don’t wait for summer to arrive. Call J.H. Martin Mechanical to repair your air conditioner today.