Everyone wants to save money on utility bills. In Lewisville, Texas, one of the best ways to cut costs is to improve your air conditioner’s efficiency during the hot summers. Here are a few easy, inexpensive ways you can do this while also staying cool and comfortable all summer long.
Change Your Air Filters
One of the most important things you can do to improve your air conditioner’s efficiency is also the easiest: Change your air filters. They should be replaced at least every three months. But if you have pets, you may need to do so more often.
Air conditioners have to work harder when they’re pulling air through a dirty filter. Not only does this increase your utility bills but it also damages your HVAC unit, which can lead to expensive repairs. If you have trouble remembering, set a reminder on your phone or sign up for a filter subscription service.
Install a Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans do more than circulate the air; they also create a wind-chill effect. That can make you feel cooler while your thermostat is set at a higher temperature. This can enable you to increase your thermostat setting up to 4 degrees without compromising your cool comfort.
Even better, investing in a ceiling fan can help save you money in the winter, as well. Just reverse the direction of the spinning blades, and the fan will circulate warm air throughout the room, making it feel more comfortable.
For best results, select a ceiling fan that’s Energy Star-certified and has at least a 12-degree blade angle. You should also consider the size of the room; an undersized ceiling fan won’t provide much cooling relief. Large rooms need at least a 50-inch ceiling fan, while smaller rooms can use a 40- to 45-inch fan.
Install a Whole-House Fan
A ceiling fan is helpful, but a whole-house fan can quickly move stale hot air up and out, drawing in fresh, cool air. On some days, if it’s not too hot outside, a whole-house fan might be able to cool your house to a comfortable temperature without turning the air conditioner on at all. Like ceiling fans, they use relatively little energy to run.
Use Drapes or Blinds
Your choice of window treatments can have a big impact on your energy bills. Use window blinds or drapes on windows that face the sun, especially during the hottest part of the day. Natural light can heat up a room quickly, making your air conditioner work harder to keep up. An awning, a porch or shade trees on that side of the house are helpful, as well.
Upgrade Your Thermostat
New smart and programmable thermostats take the work and worry out of maintaining your home’s temperature. They enable you to turn the temperature up automatically when you’re not home and turn it down to a comfortable level when you’re back.
Today’s smart thermostats can do much more than just control the temperature. You can connect them to your home’s Wi-Fi so they can send you a text alert on your smartphone if a malfunction occurs. They can even remind you when it’s time to change the filter or perform other maintenance.
Another benefit of smart thermostats is that you can control them even when you’re not home. Coming home early? Tell your thermostat to cool the house so you’re comfortable when you arrive. Staying late at the office? Delay the command to lower the temperature so you can save some money.
Schedule Regular AC Maintenance
If you’re trying to increase the efficiency of your air conditioner, don’t neglect taking care of the unit itself. Scheduling regular tune-ups ensures that your unit will be in great shape all summer long. Your HVAC system will be thoroughly inspected to prevent expensive problems in the future. A service technician will check for any refrigerant leaks and refill if necessary, clean the air conditioner coils, and replace air filters.
At Metro Environmental Services, we’re happy to discuss your air conditioner needs and make suggestions about how you can help your AC run more efficiently. Spending a little money now can save you a lot of money over time. Give us a call at 972-268-6922 to improve your home’s efficiency today.
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