Staying cool is a top priority during the summer. However, cranking your air conditioner up and leaving it running all day, every day is going to cost you some serious cash. Fortunately, there are still ways to ensure that you can use your air conditioner effectively without breaking the bank. Follow the tips below to make sure that you use your air conditioner as efficiently as possible.
Schedule Preventive Maintenance
The number one thing you should always do every year for your air conditioner is schedule preventive maintenance. There are two reasons for this. The first is that it allows your technician to find and fix problems before they get out of hand, lowering the odds of a serious malfunction. Second, it can boost the energy efficiency of your air conditioner by up to 40%. This is a huge benefit during the summer season, when you’re relying on your air conditioner more than at any other time of year and thus stand to save a lot more money.
Know When to Turn Off Your AC
You’d be surprised at how much you can actually save on your monthly energy costs by simply knowing when to turn your air conditioner off. If you’re at home in the middle of a hot day, obviously you’re going to want to use the system to avoid temperatures reaching triple-digits indoors. What about when you’re out, though? Or when you head to bed for the night? Do you really need to have your air conditioner running when you’re not there or not conscious to appreciate it? By turning off your air conditioner during those hours, you can save a lot of money on your monthly energy costs.
Install a Heat or Energy Recovery Ventilator
A lot of homeowners have their indoor air quality suffer during the summer. They shut all their doors and windows to keep their homes properly cooled while the air conditioner is running, but then their air quality tanks due to lack of fresh air flow. So, how do you deal with this? Well, one good option is to install a heat or energy recovery ventilator in your home. These are systems that allow fresh air to enter the home from outside, but equalize its temperature before it does. This means that the fresh air that flows into the home will be roughly the same temperature as the air already inside, allowing you to get some much needed airflow without compromising your climate control.
These are just a few of the many different ways that you can improve the energy efficiency of your air conditioner during the summer season. If you have questions about other ways you can make your air conditioner more energy efficient, we recommend consulting with one of our professional technicians in-person. We’ll be able to recommend the best solution for your specific situation.
Southwest Heating and Cooling provides a full range of air conditioning and indoor air quality services throughout Littleton, CO. If you need help getting your home ready for summer, contact us today to schedule an appointment.