Make the most of your AC this summer
The temperatures outside are heating up, and it is about time to crank on the AC. There is nothing quite like a blast of cold air to make you appreciate your home’s HVAC system. However, things can go wrong quick if one is not careful; to avoid the all too common disaster of warm air coming through your household vents, here are a few simple ways to optimize your air conditioner!
Keeping your cool in the scorching heat
- Always go with Energy Star – this is the iconic name in the world of energy-efficiency, and it has permeated manufacturers of virtually every household appliance. An internationally recognized symbol for the eco-friendly industry, Energy Star devices are rated far better than their standard counterparts in terms of operating costs. You do not have to spend an arm and a leg to keep your home cool and comfortable; simply upgrade and enjoy all of the benefits that come with owning the star!
- Give it a break – many people develop a bad habit of leaving their AC on when it is not necessary. If the temperature outside is cool enough, simply open the windows and let Mother Nature take over. Remember, breezes are free, forced air is not! Not only is this an excellent way to reduce your cooling season expenses, it will keep the strain on your air conditioner to a minimum. This is one of the best ways to maximize its lifespan.
- Raise the thermostat – despite what you may have been raised to believe, there is no harm in keeping the thermostat set at a temperature higher than 72 degrees; while this is typically regarded as the ideal, you can save a lot of money by cranking up the dial to 76 or 77 (or higher). It is cheaper and easier to wear appropriate summertime clothing than it is to make your air conditioner run hard all day long.
- Use the right-sized air conditioner for your home – this is another area people often get into trouble with. In particular, those who use window units often purchase much more than they need. There is no benefit to installing an oversized air conditioner in a small room. You only end up wasting more energy and spending more money than is necessary. The inverse is also true; skimping on size in an attempt to keep costs low is a big no-no; your AC will be forced to work extra hard to cool the room if it features an underrated output.
Of course, none of the above will be possible if you do not hire a licensed HVAC professional to perform routine maintenance on your home’s heating and cooling system. Things like cleaning the condenser and evaporator coils, ensuring the refrigerant is at an optimal level, and making needed adjustments to the mechanical components, are all essential!