Since summer temperatures are here, you’re relying on your air conditioning system more and more. Having an efficient system and getting prompt HVAC repairs if needed are both key to keeping your utility costs manageable all season long. Fortunately, there are simple ways you can boost the efficiency of your system.
A Guide to Improving Efficiency
1. Uncover Vents
Often furniture gets placed over or in front of vents, blocking the air flow. The obstruction stops that area of the house from getting the cool air it needs, while forcing the system to work harder since air isn’t flowing freely as it should. Walk through the house and move armchairs, sofas, and blinds away from all vents. Dust them off if needed.
2. Program Your Thermostat
A programmable thermostat can save you a lot of money and energy with no residual effort required. Have your HVAC contractor install one and program it. Set it to rise to the low 80s during the day while everyone’s away and again at night when your family’s asleep.
3. Use Window Coverings
Sunlight coming in through your windows gets trapped inside your home and turns into thermal energy. To prevent your home from turning into a greenhouse, close the blinds or curtains on those windows. You can still enjoy cool natural light by opening the curtains for windows that aren’t getting direct sunlight.
4. Avoid Using Appliances
Don’t use your heat-producing appliances during the hottest hours of the day, which are typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. These hours may vary slightly depending on when the sun hits your house. Turn off any machines, such as computers, when they’re not in use; though individual difference they make can be small, the cumulative effect can be substantial. Wait to do your laundry or cooking until later in the evening when the heat created won’t be such an issue.
Maintenance service and HVAC repairs at the beginning of the season will help with efficiency and reliability. During this service, your technician from Arc Electric & Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. will clean and inspect the unit. They will handle any required air conditioning repair ahead of time, so your system is ready to work all summer long. They’re available 24 hours a day for emergency HVAC repairs and offer a one-year warranty on all work. Contact their HVAC repair team online or at (859) 441-7161 for an estimate.