Want to lower your energy bill and maximize your air conditioning efficiency? It’s easier than you think! There are plenty of low-cost ways to improve your cooling system, such as switching to a programmable thermostat. But what about the options that are completely free to do? Check out these five free ways to improve AC efficiency, courtesy of Quality Comfort HVAC.
Keep Vents Unblocked
You vents provide a path for air in your home. It’s important to keep them clear as much as possible. This includes dusting the vents and moving things that may be blocking them. Furniture, toys, blankets, curtains – these are all objects that could hinder your AC efficiency. Check all of the vents in your home to make sure they’re clean and clear.
Be Aware of Heat-Producers in Your House
Some appliances and machines produce a significant amount of heat. It’s important to keep those away from your thermostat so they do not cause your AC unit to get overworked. For instance, if your thermostat is right above your living room TV, it may register heat from the TV, your gaming systems, your cable box, and any other electronics you have nearby. Be aware of your thermostat as you place heat-producing objects in your home.
Also try to reduce the amount of heat created during the hottest times of the day. Avoid using your dryer or oven when your AC is working at its full capacity. This is especially important in the height of the summer when your air conditioning is doing the most work.
Clear Debris around Your Outdoor AC Unit
Much like your indoor vents, your outdoor AC unit needs to be clear of debris. You may have leaves built up from the fall that still need to be hauled away. Take care of these tasks before the late spring and summer months arrive so you can enjoy a pleasant indoor climate.
Note that you can have your AC unit professionally cleaned as a way to optimize efficiency and performance. This is part of the AC maintenance services we offer at Quality Comfort HVAC. Give us a call at (586) 778-8600 to learn more.
Close Blinds and Curtains during Direct Sunlight
Reducing the heat in your home will reduce the strain on your AC unit. Simply closing the blinds and curtains can help with this tremendously. If you have light-blocking curtains, you may consider upgrading to room darkening or blackout curtains for the summer. This is not a free option, of course, but it will improve AC efficiency.
Adjust Your Thermostat
Perhaps the most obvious way to lower your energy bills is to adjust your thermostat. Increase the temperature in your home when you are at work or spending little time inside the house. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can set it to automatically drop the temperature shortly before you come home. Some thermostats are able to learn your personal habits to find the ideal temperature adjustments throughout the day. Even with a basic thermostat though, you can manually change the temperature to help your AC unit.
For more information about AC maintenance, contact Quality Comfort HVAC: (586) 778-8600.