According to the Department of Energy, as much as half of an average home’s annual utility costs go toward heating and cooling. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to improve your air conditioner and make the most out of your central air conditioner cost. In today’s post, Countryside shares some things that you can do without spending a lot of money.
Keep the Vents Clean
Make it a point to clean the air vents in your home. Sometimes hair and small debris can get caught in the vents, which can accumulate over time and block airflow in the ductwork. Most air vents are easy to overlook, as they’re positioned near the ceiling or in the floor, so you have to actively look for them when following your cleaning routine. Also, ensure proper airflow in the room by making sure the air vents aren’t blocked by furniture.
Replace Air Filters
Air conditioners typically require new air filters every three months or so. Replacement air filters are readily available and are designed to be user-replaceable, which means they don’t have to be replaced by a professional. However, you do need to be sure to buy the correct air conditioner filter size. Also, if you ‘re looking into upgrading to a high-efficiency filter, consult with your HVAC technician first to make sure you’re buying a compatible air filter
Keep the Windows & Doors Closed
Opening your windows and doors will let heat into your home and increase the workload on your air conditioning system, resulting in higher energy consumption. If you have ENERGY STAR®-certified windows and doors, you’ll see greater savings by keeping them closed.
Keep the Thermostat Away From Heating Appliances
Your thermostat is equipped with a sensor that detects ambient temperature changes. It “commands” the air conditioner to increase its output when it senses the room is warmer than it needs to be. Placing the thermostat near appliances that generate heat such as a stove or even near the windows will result in inaccurate readings. The air conditioning system will assume the room is warmer and increase its output unnecessarily. Proper placement, ideally in a spot that best represents the house’s average temperature, can help minimize such problems.
Call Countryside for Your Air Conditioning Needs
Countryside Plumbing & Heating, Inc. is your leading provider of air conditioning repair and installation services. Give us a call at (715) 246-2660. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.