AC efficiency doesn’t have to start and stop with a brand new system. You’d be surprised by how many homeowners neglect the small changes they can make to increase their long term air conditioning efficiency.
Yes, what we mean to tell you is that there are some easy things you can do, that are fairly inexpensive, to increase the cooling power and efficiency of your air conditioning system. So let’s make a deal. We’ll impart on you these tricks of the trade to keep yourself cool at the cheapest possible price, while you promise to pay close enough attention to your system to call for AC maintenance in Bluffton, GA at the first sight of something off.
Sound good? Great, let’s get into the specifics.
Tools of Efficiency
Efficiency means effectively cooling off your home by using the least amount of energy possible. This can be achieved in two ways—by finding some affordable ways to help your AC achieve its cooling goal, and by making sure you’ve got an up to date AC system. As long as your AC is an efficient model (preferably younger than 10 years old) and is properly maintained, you’re on the right track.
A Whole House Fan
Having a whole-house fan can be an easy alternative to running your air conditioner. On nights where you’d rather not use your air conditioner but it’s still a little hotter than normal, a whole-house fan can cycle fresh air through your house at an extremely low price. These fans cost a fraction of the price in energy that an AC system does, and they’re incredibly effective.
Unsurprisingly, your attic contains most of the heat in your house. On a scorching, sunny day, the heat rises through your home to the highest place it can, getting trapped in the confines of your attic. This makes it harder for your AC to cool your home since there’s a massive heat bank sitting on the top of your house. Properly ventilating the hot air in your attic can help your AC run as much as 10% more efficiently without it needing to cool your attic down as much.
Run Your Ceiling Fans
A ceiling fan can add that extra sense of coolness on an extraordinarily hot day by using less electricity than a 100-watt light bulb! If you’ve got one particular room that just doesn’t seem to cool off (perhaps with a lot of sunlight and windows) try using curtains to curtail the sunlight and running the ceiling fan. You’ll feel the room cool down in no-time while making the job easier for your AC system.
We mentioned earlier that these tips might help increase the efficiency of your air conditioner, but the truth of the matter is that your AC needs to be maintained properly in order to run effectively and efficiently. If you find yourself running a ceiling fan, with all the windows covered, no lights on, and your AC still can’t cool off your home, then you’re going to need a professional technician to take a look.
Why not call the professionals at AACtion Air Conditioning & Heating Co. Inc.? Allow us to do a quality job at a fair price.