Energy efficiency guides us to a cleaner earth, and we all need to do our part. When making your home more energy-efficient, consider your air conditioning unit. During the summer, hot weather can lead to high energy bills, especially if you aren’t taking the necessary steps to help your unit function better. The first step is to buy a quality AC that offers efficiency and plenty of power. However, there are a few things any homeowner can do to lend their unit a hand. Naughton Mechanical has compiled a few tips to help your AC consume less energy this summer.
Programmable thermostats give you control over your home’s comfort. According to the Department of Energy, you can save up to 15% on your bills simply by increasing the thermostat’s temperature setting in the summer. It’s recommended that you increase the thermostat by about 10 degrees for at least 8 hours to see lower bills.
Increasing the temperature isn’t a problem, especially for families that are away from home for long periods of time. If you and your kids are out of the house, you won’t notice any significant changes. Plus, you may realize that your home is too cold, so putting it on a higher setting will increase your comfort.
Don’t forget to clean your AC from time to time. Twice a year should be sufficient if you do the job thoroughly. In seasons with high pollen counts, or if you have a pet, plan on cleaning it more regularly. Take a look at the filter and see if it’s dirty. When dirt and dust clog up the filter, it can lead the unit to run more often to compensate for poor airflow. Be sure to check the vents as well. Clearing out the obstructions will reduce energy usage and promote better circulation.
Space heaters, lamps with hot bulbs and other related appliances areas of your home should be kept away from the thermostat. If they’re nearby, they can cause the unit to incorrectly read the air temperature and trick it into thinking your home needs to be cooled. Likewise, installing a thermostat away from windows will help it read the temperature accurately.
When your AC cools the air, it converts a refrigerant from a liquid into a gas. The drain line removes the water from your system. Without regular maintenance, it can get clogged up and lead to a number of issues. Our team offers efficient maintenance services, so if you suspect there is a problem with this part, we can take a look.
If you’re unhappy with your air conditioning unit, it may be time for a new one. Old units can’t provide the energy efficiency and quality that newer models can. Naughton Mechanical can help you choose a new system for your home. Get in touch today to get started.