You’re going to be using your air conditioner quite a bit over the next few months, if you aren’t already. All that added usage increases the strain on the system, making it more likely for problems to develop. It also means you’re going to be paying a lot more in terms of energy costs from month to month, unless you take certain steps to increase your air conditioner efficiency. Follow our steps below to make sure that your air conditioner is as healthy and efficient as possible this summer.
Schedule Preventive Maintenance
We know that we harp on this point a lot, but the reason we do it is because it’s important. Preventive maintenance gives your HVAC technician the chance to go over your system in detail, isolating any developing issues and resolving them before they have the chance to develop any further. This may not seem like a big deal, but it can reduce the odds of a serious problem developing in your air conditioner by up to 90%. It can also increase the energy efficiency of your system by up to 40%. That added energy efficiency can cut a substantial amount off your monthly energy costs, so it’s a good idea to have it done earlier in the season rather than later. The earlier you have it done, the more money you save.
Install a Smart Thermostat
Minor missteps here and there with thermostat control can actually cost you a lot of money over the course of a year. Forgetting to turn the air conditioner off when you go to bed or leave the house for a few hours, can start piling up after a while in terms of energy costs. A smart thermostat is a good way to correct this.
A smart thermostat will learn from your climate control habits over the first couple of weeks that you use it. After that point, it will know them well enough to adjust itself entirely without your input. This will not only make it easier to maintain a comfortable climate in your home throughout the year but will prevent you from wasting any output as well.
Have Your Ducts Sealed
Ducts are prone to developing leaks over time, which is actually a serious issue for air conditioner efficiency. While each individual leak may be small, the cumulative effects can be quite substantial. The US Department of Energy has estimated that the average climate control system loses up to 30% of its output to duct leaks. That’s the output that you’re still paying for, even though you don’t get any benefit from it. Sealing your ducts will return that lost output, making your air conditioner much more energy efficient. We recommend that you have this done at least once every few years to deal with any new leaks that may crop up over time.
Environment Masters, Inc. offers a full range of AC repair services in Flowood, MS. If you need air conditioning services of any kind, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our technicians.