Do You Need Your AC to Perform Better?
With plenty of hot weather still ahead, we hope that your air conditioner has been performing well so far, and that it’s prepared to keep on chugging along, providing you and your family with effective and efficient cooling.
But, what if it’s not performing as well as you expect, or as well as you want it to? Are you not feeling as comfortable as you’d hoped? Preventive Port Neches, TX HVAC maintenance at the beginning of summer will usually reduce the chances that you’ll run into cooling problems, but with or without a tune-up, there are steps you can take to help your air conditioner run more efficiently, and thus perform better.
Turn Up the Temp
We get it—this sounds like counterproductive advice during the summer. But it’s not that we want you to make your home hotter than comfortable. The fact is, though, that most homeowners are turning their thermostat down way lower than they actually need to stay comfortable.
Some people have their air conditioners set to come on at 72°F, when in actuality, most individuals can stay perfectly comfortable at about 78°F throughout the day. Additionally, you can save even more by raising the temp when you’re not home, or when the household is all asleep. If you don’t want to waste energy, a good first step is to avoid cooling a home that you aren’t using, or lowering temperatures far more than you really need to.
Use Your Ceiling Fans
You might have been told at some point that ceiling fans cannot lower the temperature of a room. This is very true. However, they can help you feel cooler. This is because fans help sweat evaporate from your body—this is your body’s natural way of keeping cool. On a mild summer day, a ceiling fan can be sufficient enough to keep you cool and keep your bills lower by allowing you to delay turning on the air conditioner.
And on warmer days, your ceiling fans can be used with your air conditioner to push cool air down and therefore help your AC system to work more efficiently than it would on its own, since you’ll be able to raise the temperature a few degrees comfortably.
Change the Air Filter Regularly
There’s a fairly common misconception that the air filter that comes standard with your HVAC systems is in place to protect your indoor air quality—so if you don’t notice indoor air quality problems, you don’t need to change it, right?
Well, not quite. The air filter is actually in place to prevent dirt, dust, and other debris from infiltrating the interior components of your air conditioner, making it difficult for the air conditioner to effectively do its job. Changing the air filter every few months (or more often, if you have significant contaminants in your home, like pet dander or cigarette smoke) will help your air conditioner work a little easier, thus saving money.
Keep Up on Maintenance and Repair When Needed
The above mentioned steps will certainly help your air conditioner perform better, and thus save you money. But the most important thing you can do to help your cooling system last as long as it should and work as best it can is schedule maintenance annually (or biannually, if you have a heat pump) and schedule repairs when needed rather than waiting on them.
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