Every homeowner loves the idea of saving on utility bills as the summer season sets in. Learning the proper ways to take care of your cooling system will lead to more efficient energy usage every month. Here are some smart tips for efficient air conditioning.
Invest in a Programmable Thermostat
If you’re always leaving the house or on a business trip, there’s no need to cool it as if you were inside. Invest in a programmable thermostat, and you will surely get around paying for your energy bills when you’re not actually at home. The trick to save up to 15 percent of your cooling costs is to turn your thermostat up or down 10 degrees for eight hours daily.
There’s no use investing in an efficient unit if there are gaps or cracks on your air ducts and your home itself. According to the Department of Energy, homeowners can save up to 20 percent on their energy bills by patching up leaks alone. Bring in a professional to check your indoor space, ductwork, and seal leaks.
Replace or Upgrade Your A/C System
Just like any other appliances, your air conditioning system won’t last a lifetime, and it will break down over time. If you just recently bought your unit and it’s still in good shape, you can just work on duct sealing and other maintenance. However, for A/C that is near to its retirement age, a replacement can make a big difference in your home’s comfort and energy-savings.
Follow Proper Maintenance
There are several ways to efficiently maximize your A/C to save on your electric bills. Some of the maintenance tasks you or your trusted contractor needs to perform are the following:
- Change the air filters every three months.
- Clear any obstructions near or around the outdoor unit.
- Add or replace your home’s insulation.
- Don’t skip regular tune-up service.
- Get a professional duct cleaning.
Doing these steps will not just increase the longevity of your system, but it will also reduce the risks of frequent repairs.
Your air conditioning system is crucial to your comfort. Keep it in good shape by following proper maintenance. Learn more helpful tips and tricks on how to take care of your A/C. Visit our blog at Johnston’s Heating & Cooling, and don’t hesitate to contact us for your comfort needs.