Our winters may be long and cold, but there’s no denying that is behind us for the year, and air conditioning season is here! Soon enough, you’ll find yourself paying more in monthly cooling bills since you’ll be running your air conditioning system a lot more often than you did during the spring.
But, just because you’re paying more for cooling costs doesn’t mean you should be paying more than necessary. There are steps you can take to improve your air conditioning efficiency and help you cut down on your monthly cooling bills. We’ve provided a brief guide below on how you can do so—some of it involves investing in professional air conditioning services in Holladay, UT, while others are steps you can take yourself.
What Steps Can You Take Toward Improving Your AC Efficiency?
- Set your thermostat to 78 degrees instead of 75 degrees or lower.
- Dress in lightweight clothing while inside and hydrate regularly, so that you don’t need to rely so heavily on a low temperature setting.
- Use weather-stripping to seal cracks around doors and windows to keep heat out and conditioned air in—many homeowners think of this as a winter heating task but it’s just as effective in the summer.
- Open up your house at night and turn off your air when the sun goes down.
- Run your ceiling fans as much as possible so that you don’t have to run your AC as low or for as long.
- Change your air filter on a regular basis—at least once every 3 months but more often if you have significant contaminants in your home like excessive pet dander or cigarette smoke.
When You Need to Rely on a Professional
The small steps we mentioned above will make more of a difference than you may believe. However, a trained HVAC technician can deliver a number of services and upgrades to your system that will improve its overall efficiency even more. These include (but aren’t limited to):
- Preventive Maintenance: During your maintenance appointment, our technicians thoroughly clean the inside components of your air conditioner, and inspect it to ensure that nothing needs adjustments or repair. Making necessary adjustments will help it perform as it should.
- Zone Control System Installation: If you have a larger home or a multi-level home, you may be paying to cool parts of that home that remain unoccupied for the majority of the day. Zone control cooling allows you to cool various areas of your living space independently of others.
- Insulation: Many folks think of insulation as a winter benefit—it keeps the warmth from your heating system inside. This is a true statement—but it helps in the summer too, by keeping heat out of your home, and therefore allowing your air conditioner some reprieve.
You may be surprised by how high you’re able to set your thermostat and still remain comfortable when you take some or all of the steps mentioned above. We’re happy to discuss with you other ways in which you can use your air conditioner more efficiently and save on cooling costs.
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