In less than a week, summer will officially be upon us. Of course, that doesn’t mean much with the variable weather we have. We could have “summertime temperatures” just about any time of the year it seems like. That said, when you do need to use your air conditioner, you want to do so as efficiently as possible, right? Hopefully, you have had spring maintenance done on your air conditioner to ensure this is the case (if not, it’s not too late—give us a call!)
Even without maintenance though, you can still take some actions, which we will get into below, to boost the efficiency of your air conditioner and therefore lower your cooling costs. Read on as we go through some tips on how to boost your air conditioner efficiency.
Raise the Temperature
Okay, we understand—this sounds like weird advice. Why would you want to make it hotter than it should be in your home? Well actually, a lot of homeowners are making it colder than it needs to be! In order to maintain comfort, most people are perfectly fine with their thermostats being set around 78°F, yet homeowners often set theirs to 71°F, thinking that will cool down the home faster (it doesn’t—it just makes the air conditioner run longer).
You’ll save energy and subsequently save money by raising the temperature to a more reasonable level. It also helps to raise the temperature when you’re not home or sleeping—when you don’t actually your air conditioner.
Use Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans aren’t capable of keeping you cool all on their own—after all, a fan cannot lower the temperature of the room that it is in. In can, however, make your body feel cooler. This is because it helps to evaporate sweat from your body to keep you cool. So, you’re able to turn your thermostat up a couple of degrees and therefore use less energy.
This is because when you use your AC system in combination with ceiling fans, the fans help push cool air down and evenly distribute it, while keeping warm air rising, for more effective and efficient air conditioner use.
Change the Air Filter
There are not many maintenance tasks we would ever recommend a homeowner try to do on their own. But changing the air filter is absolutely something you can and should do yourself—every 1-3 months actually.
The air filter that comes inside your air conditioner, and your heater, can get clogged up with dust and debris, preventing the air conditioner from effectively drawing in warm air from your home. This means the air conditioner will struggle to do the job it was designed for, and will, therefore, work inefficiently.
Keep Components Clean
Part of routine professional air conditioning maintenance is that our technicians thoroughly clean your air conditioner inside and out. But there is a task you can do on your own, too. Before summer starts, and every now and then throughout summer, check and make sure your vents are clean and unobstructed to allow for proper airflow.
Also, check the outside unit. There should be at least a foot of space all around it. If there is lawn mulch, branches, grass clippings, or even leaves on or directly by the outside unit, it can impact airflow and efficiency.