In these uncertain times, we’re all trying to save money. But when it comes to slicing your household budget, shutting down your air conditioner just isn’t an option. Enduring climbing temperatures requires some basic bare necessities, and a cooling system that can keep you comfortable is one of them!
Whether you’re looking for ways to conserve energy so that you can keep your cooling bills low this season, or you’re trying to get a few more years of performance out of an older AC unit, you’ve come to the right place. The experts at Wulf Brothers have put together a quick list of tips to help you get maximum efficiency out of your air conditioner during the spring and summer months.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
A “smart” thermostat that automatically moderates temperature based on your daily routine is a great way to keep your home cool without overworking your air conditioner. If you already have a programmable “smart” thermostat, make sure you set it to between 70 and 78 degrees to keep conditions comfortable while maintaining efficiency. Cranking the temperature down on a hot day will only waste energy.
While your air conditioner treats the air in your home, fans help to circulate it, which can actually make rooms feel a lot cooler. In fact, by using ceiling fans or portable fans in high-use rooms, you can set your thermostat 4 or 5 degrees higher and not compromise on your level of comfort.
Natural light is beautiful, but on a sweltering summer day, you definitely don’t want the sun radiating additional heat through your windows and into your home. Make use of your window treatments to give your air conditioner a boost in keeping you cool.
Clean Ducts and Vents
A dirty ventilation system will block cool air from circulating throughout your home and make your air conditioner work harder than it has to. Make sure no furniture or clutter is blocking vents, and add “air ducts” to the spring cleaning to-do list.
Show Your AC Some TLC
Of course, the best way to get maximum performance from your air conditioner is to take good care of your air conditioner! This is a hard-working appliance with many different essential components, all of which need regular maintenance for the system to function properly.
How to Care for Your Air Conditioner
Clogged AC filters block the flow air and significantly impair the system’s efficiency. Cleaning or replacing filters can reduce the amount of energy you use to cool your home by 5 to 15%. It’s a simple way to save money and extend the system’s lifespan.
The oils in your outdoor AC condenser and indoor evaporator are essential to the heat absorption process. If those coils get dirty or freeze, your air conditioner can’t do its job! Check for leaks that can trigger a freeze-up, and always keep the area around your outdoor unit clean and free of yard debris.
Ever wonder how an air conditioner rids your home of icky, sticky humidity? IT releases moisture through the condensate drain line. If the drain clogs, expect an increase in humidity and possibly water damage or the growth of mold and mildew. If you notice water pooling in the drain pan beneath your unit, it could be a clog. Time to schedule AC maintenance!
Call the Experts at Wulf Brothers!
While the average homeowner might be able to prevent some air conditioning problems and spot AC issues when they pop-up, solving them is another matter. Fortunately, residents of Door County and surrounding areas who need an AC tune-up to prepare their home for hot weather can always turn to Wulf Brothers for fast, affordable, and reliable service. Contact our team today to schedule a maintenance visit.