The summer season is coming to a close, and yet, your air conditioning system still uses way too much energy to run. If your bills seem out of control, it could be an indication that your air conditioner needs replacement.
On the other hand, there may be a simpler solution. Often, the habits and routines we fall into are the reasons our air conditioning systems use so much energy to run throughout the month. Here are some that you might consider changing.
1) Setting the thermostat too low
Whew! It was a hot one today, so the moment you stepped indoors, you lowered the temperature as much as you could. The hope is that your home will get colder faster.
However, this really isn’t the case. Your air conditioner won’t cool your home any faster just because you set the thermostat low. It will only continue to cool your home at the same speed as always, until the house is colder than you need, wasting energy in the process.
You are much better off choosing the highest temperature everyone can be comfortable with—try 77° or 78°F—and sticking with it. Use your programmable thermostat to have the temperature here about 20 minutes before you plan to arrive home.
2) Skipping annual maintenance
We recommend annual air conditioning maintenance for systems of all brands, any age, and any condition. This service is so important if you want to keep your air conditioning equipment in the best possible shape for the year. Many people even schedule maintenance twice a year.
Annual air conditioning maintenance includes an inspection and a tune-up. The inspection may identify potential repair needs sooner than you could on your own. The tune-up gets the parts into top shape and may help the system run more efficiently.
3) Ignoring repair issues
When something goes wrong with your system, it’s not worth it to wait for repairs. Repairing your air conditioner now helps to improve efficiency. When there’s a broken part anywhere in your air conditioning system, it’s probably working a lot harder than it needs to in order to cool your home, which means increased energy usage.
Call a technician at the very first sign your AC system needs repair. This includes trouble starting up the system, inaccurate temperatures, short cycling, and unusual noises.
If you live in the Bluffton, GA area, call AAction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. Inc. for all of your air conditioning needs. We are happy to help!