5 Tips for Air Conditioning Efficiency

5 Tips for Air Conditioning Efficiency

Air conditioners in our area get quite a workout. It’s no surprise that energy bills are highest in the summertime here, but that doesn’t mean they are welcome. Sometimes, it may seem like the only way to keep those bills low is to shut off the air conditioner altogether. But we’re here to tell you there’s an easier way.

We’re here to offer up some tips on finding ways to lower your energy use—which may also help to increase the lifespan of your AC equipment and prevent repairs!

1. Know how your thermostat works

There are a lot of misconceptions about the way a thermostat works, but this is one of the ones we hear about most often. When you get home from work and the house is warm, do you press the down arrow on your thermostat as low as it can go, hoping it will cool the home faster?

This really isn’t how the thermostat connects with your AC. Typically, an air conditioner’s fan goes at one speed, cooling the home to the household’s preferred temperature setting and then shutting off. And in most households, the temperature really only needs to be at 77-78°–no lower. This is an efficient temperature that won’t overwork the AC system.

2. Program the thermostat efficiently

This requires that you understand your themrostat’s programming, which may mean that you need to consult a manual or even check online guides and the manufacturer’s website. Once you have a better understanding of how it works, you can adjust the temperature settings as needed to avoid overworking your air conditioner when you do not need to.

Our recommendations?

  • Keep the thermostat at 77-78° while you are home.
  • Lower the temperature by 7-10° for 8-10 hours a day while you are away or asleep.
  • Find out when peak hours are in your city and raise the temperature at this time to avoid surge pricing.

3. Improve efficiency within the home

Part of better AC efficiency is having a more efficient home. Air leaks will keep air from moving directly into the home, so follow these tips for a well-sealed and insulated structure.

  • Check for leaks around pipes and vents that lead out of the home and seal these with caulk.
  • Use weather stripping for leaks around doors and windows.
  • Add insulation to the home for a heat resistant barrier.

4. Use a fan

A simple ceiling fan won’t lower the temperature in your home. However, it can help to push air from the air conditioner throughout the home. Circulating the air in this way may keep the home cooler for longer, which means your air conditioner can run in shorter cycles.

5. Maintain the air conditioning equipment

Part of this means changing the air filter at the beginning of the season and each month in order to maintain proper airflow. In addition, we recommend routine maintenance in the spring. Professional air conditioning maintenance involves three major steps.

  • An inspection.
  • Cleaning of coils and blower components.
  • Adjustments to some parts within the AC.

This can detect problems early and help your air conditioner to run more smoothly. That amounts to lower repair costs and better energy efficiency.

Call Allstar Home Services for your air conditioner tune-up in Ontario!

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