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Are You Using Your Cooling System Efficiently as Possible?

top view of an air conditionerWhen it comes to using your air conditioning in Groves, TX, efficiency is vital. Only a highly-efficient cooling system will ensure that you can maintain home comfort without paying an arm and a leg in cooling costs. After all, your HVAC systems account for about half of all energy usage in your household! 

Now, there are some factors that can be impacting your AC efficiency that have to do with the condition of the air conditioner itself, or any of its components. For instance, if the thermostat isn’t reading the temperature correctly, or if your ductwork is damaged, your cooling system has no chance of operating at its peak performance. It’s for this reason that you should make sure to stay on top of AC maintenance and have it done once a year (or twice a year, if you have a heat pump).

But there are other things you can do in addition to maintenance that help improve cooling efficiency, which we’ve covered below.

Raise the Temperature

This probably seems like counterintuitive advice. After all, we can’t possibly expect you to make your home hotter than comfortable just to save energy, right? Right! But you might be turning the thermostat settings down much lower than you actually need, and thus using your air conditioner less efficiently than you could be.

Some homeowners will set their thermostat to just a little over 70°F, when in actuality, most people are comfortable at about 78°F throughout the day. And you can save even more by raising the temperature when nobody is home, or while you are sleeping. There’s no need to waste energy by cooling a home that you aren’t using, or lowering the temperature far more than you actually need.

Utilize Your Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans alone can’t keep you cool. After all a fan can’t lower the temperature of the room, but it can make you feel cooler! This is because fans help sweat evaporate from your body, which is our natural way of keeping cool. On a mild day, ceiling fans might be sufficient to keep you cool and keep your bills a little lower.

But on a hot day, they can do even better. They help push cool air down and keep warm air rising as you use your air conditioning system. This means you can pair your ceiling fans with your central AC system, allowing you run that AC system at a higher temperature, lowering monthly costs.

Change the Air Filter

We can’t stress how underrated this is! Many homeowners believe that the air filter which comes standard with their HVAC system is there to protect their indoor air quality. On the contrary, it’s actually there to protect the inside components of the system itself from dirt and other debris.

Keep it Clean

Speaking of dirt and debris, the outdoor coil of your cooling system is one area where excessive buildup can create problems for the system’s operation. This coil is supposed to enable heat exchange from the inside air in your home to the outdoors, but dirt interferes with the process.

Don’t hesitate, contact Air Services Unlimited today for exceptional customer service. We appreciate this opportunity to earn your business!

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