If you’ve lived in this area for even just a year, then you know that your air conditioner gets quite the workout! Unfortunately, this likely also means that your energy bills get quite the workout too. And the more you use your air conditioner, the faster the wear and tear builds up, leading to an increased need for air conditioner repairs you don’t want to pay for.
Maybe this all sounds inevitable–the cost of being comfortable in your home. The truth is, it doesn’t have to be this way. Yes, your air conditioner uses a lot of power. In fact, your HVAC systems account for about half of all the energy use in your home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. But there are steps you can take to help your air conditioner work more efficiently (and therefore more affordably) this summer, while also preventing sudden and unexpected repair needs.
Schedule Professional Maintenance!
Maintenance for your air conditioner is just as important as a tune-up for your car. For the latter, you need to be able to reliably and safely get from point A to point B right? Well think about not being able to rely on your air conditioner. What if it can’t make it through this summer? You could be stuck in your home on one of the hottest days of the year without a functioning cooling system, trying to call a professional for emergency repairs in a rush.
Professional maintenance allows our technicians to fully inspect, clean, and adjust components that need it. We look at components that may need replacing or repair. When well managed, this keeps your air conditioner working as it should for as long as possible.
Raise the Thermostat Setting
No, we don’t want you to make your home hotter than it should have to be. But the truth is, many homeowners make their homes cooler than they need to be. We often find people setting their thermostats around 72°F, thinking that will help their home cool down faster. But this only makes your air conditioner run longer in order to try to reach that temperature. And if temperatures outside are too high–say around 90°F + , your air conditioner might not ever be able to reach that lower temperature.
It’s far more efficient, and easier on your air conditioner, to set your thermostat to a reasonable temperature that most people are comfortable with, which is around 77-78°F.
Close Your Blinds and Curtains
It’s nice to have natural light in your home, especially if you have a great view outside. But at the height of summer, this is going to add ambient heat to your home, fast. If you’re looking to use your air conditioner more efficiently by using it less, then consider keeping your blinds and curtains closed, especially on south-facing windows. This will help keep your home cooler naturally, and longer, during the day.
These are just a few of the ways you can reduce your energy bills and prevent unnecessary and untimely AC repair needs. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team for more great tips and to answer any questions you might have!