You’ve likely had your air conditioner running constantly over the past few months, resulting in high power bills. Some of these costs can simply be attributed to the fact that your unit has been working harder than usual, but it may also need air conditioner repair to run more smoothly and economically. To keep your energy costs low, follow these tips to make your air conditioner more efficient.
Tips for Air Conditioner Energy Efficiency
1. Optimize the Thermostat
Set your home’s internal temperature to around 78 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a comfortable temperature, especially when it soars into the 90s outside. The air conditioner won’t need to work as hard when the differential from the outside temperature to inside is less. Upgrade to a digital thermostat the next time you are getting air conditioner repair. These thermostats are more accurate, and you can customize them to cool specific rooms at certain times. This will help save energy by not cooling unused rooms or running heavily when you aren’t home. Keep heat-producing electronics away from the thermostat, as they will make your air conditioner run more often by providing false readings.
2. Reduce Solar Heat
Close your curtains during the day, and make sure your windows are shut. Consider blinds for skylights to keep out sunlight. Failing to take these steps will make your air conditioner run more often due to higher temperatures inside your home. Make sure the attic is properly insulated to help keep hot air outside. If the heat is particularly intense, think about tinting your windows with UV reflective coatings or adding reflective thermal liners to your curtains. You can also consider painting the house a light color or planting shade trees around your property.
3. Keep Up General Maintenance
To avoid unnecessary air conditioner repair, keep the filters clean and replaced every 30-60 days. Clean filters help the entire system run more efficiently. The harder your air conditioner has to work, the more energy it consumes. Check the system regularly for leaks and inconsistent cooling or short cycling. Have the entire HVAC system inspected once or twice a year to keep it running smoothly.
Following these tips can help reduce your energy bills, but if you require additional air conditioner repair or maintenance, contact Kendall's Heating & Air. Located in Hiawassee, GA, they offer complete HVAC system installation, repair, and maintenance to the tri-state area. Locally-owned and -operated, Kendall’s has served the North Georgia mountains for over 40 years and is licensed in Georgia and North Carolina. Call (706) 896-0830 for a free estimate or visit their website to view their full range of services.