Psst! If you’re a homeowner and you’re looking for a way to lower your bills and increase the efficiency of your air conditioner, then you’re going to like what we have to tell you. There are a variety of things, aside from standard AC upgrades, that can make the job easier for your AC and lower your energy consumption. Most of these tips don’t require a single penny, so for all the homeowners out there that love a good DIY project, you’ll be excited to read what’s down below.
In all seriousness, if your AC just isn’t putting out the cooling you need, there’s no simple trick that can fix that. It’s up to your local HVAC company in Altoona, IA to perform sensible AC repair and get the system back up and running. If your AC already works just fine, it just struggles against the summer heat, then keep reading!
Efficiency Is Everything!
When you’re determining how expensive your next month’s energy bill is going to be, you’re thinking about efficiency. When you’re worried about how smoothly your AC is running, you’re worried about efficiency. Simply put, in our industry—efficiency is everything! A system that’s not running efficiently, or that’s having trouble being efficient, isn’t worth much. As we get pounded by early summer heat, it’s time to talk about some great habits to increase your efficiency levels, lower your energy consumption, and increase the cooling power of your HVAC systems.
Use Your Curtains and Blinds
Curtains or blinds can be an excellent way of blocking sunlight. Why would you block the sunlight, you might ask? Well, everywhere your sun shines there’s a little bit more heat. While your windows and walls block most of it, there is still some residual heat that is brought into rooms that get a lot of sunlight. By blocking those windows, even if it’s a little bit less aesthetically pleasing, you’re effectively lowering the temperature a few degrees and making it easier for your AC to run.
Run Your Ceiling Fan
A ceiling fan does an excellent job in the winter of pushing heat that has risen, back down to the area of the room where you live. In the summer, if you run your ceiling fan in the opposite direction, it creates a convection where it pulls the heat up towards the ceiling, allowing you to enjoy cooled air down below. This means you can turn your thermostat down a little bit and save on the extra energy your AC would normally consume!
Schedule AC Maintenance
We know, we said that most of these tips wouldn’t require any money. That might have been true for the last two points, but AC maintenance does cost money. However, sometimes that money can go a long way, and in the case of air conditioning maintenance, that way is very long. AC maintenance is vital for increasing efficiency levels and overall extending the lifespan of your system. The money you put into a maintenance visit will become savings in the future.
Call the pros at Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling to schedule maintenance today!