While other parts of the country enjoy wearing their heavy scarves and drinking their pumpkin spice lattes, we still have some warm—really warm—days to contend with. With that said, we hope your air conditioner is ready to handle it. But what if you’re approaching the end of summer only to discover that your cooling system isn’t giving you the performance you deserve?
It may be due to something simple, such as a clogged air filter that needs replacing. On the other hand, it could mean it’s time for replacement, in which case you should give a HVAC contractor in Savannah, GA a call as soon as possible. We can help you make an educated decision about what type of air conditioner is best for your specific home and needs.
Choosing the Right Air Conditioner
When it comes to choosing the right cooling system for your specific home, there are many factors to consider. For instance, were you aware that heat pumps are fantastic for climates such as ours? A heat pump is an air conditioner that can switch the refrigerant process in the cooler months to provide your living space with sufficient heating.
Since some heat pump systems can struggle a bit when temperatures get too cold, and our winters are relatively mild, these systems excel in our geographical area. Investing in a heat pump not only provides you with an HVAC upgrade, but you’ll likely find that it operates more efficiently than your older AC, bringing your energy bills down.
Increasing the Efficiency in Your Older AC System
Speaking of efficiency, what if you have a cooling system that’s not quite at the point that it needs replacement—or you’d rather not replace this year—but still needs help with efficiency? The good news is, you can save energy and lessen the strain on your wallet pretty easily, without prematurely replacing your air conditioner. Take a look at the following tips.
Raise the Thermostat Temperature: We don’t mean make it more uncomfortable than it should be within your living space. But the fact is, many homeowners “blast” their AC at 72°F or lower when they get home on a hot day when it reality, it uses less energy to keep their thermostats at 78°F throughout the day. This is the temperature that most people are comfortable, anyway.
Use Your Ceiling Fans: If you have heard before that ceiling fans cannot lower the temperature of a room, you heard correctly. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t help your air conditioner out! A ceiling fan helps distribute the air coming from your air conditioner better, so you feel cooler overall. This means you can turn your thermostat up a few degrees, which saves you far more energy and money than not using your ceiling fans does.
Change Your Air Filter: We mentioned this briefly above, and it really is important to point out. The air filter that comes with your HVAC system is in place to protect the inside components from dirt, dust, and other debris than can cause damage to them. Many homeowners believe it’s actually in place to protect their indoor air quality, but this simply isn’t the case. When the air filter gets too clogged, it restricts airflow and causes your cooling system to struggle, and therefore work inefficiently.