How to Improve the Efficiency of Your Air Conditioner

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Improve the Efficiency of Your Air Conditioner

With spring in full swing and summer quickly approaching, you may be concerned about the cost of your power bill. Energy costs continue to increase so one of the only ways to make a dent is to improve the efficiency of your air conditioning system. Take advantage of these simple tips to save yourself some cash this summer!

Change your temperature settings throughout the day

A great way to save money on your energy bills and improve the efficiency of your air conditioning is to change your temperature settings when you are sleeping or out of the house. Raising the temperature of your home in the summer even a few degrees when you leave for work or go to bed at night can save you significant money on your energy bill. Of course, this requires remembering to constantly adjust the temperature. You may also be uncomfortable for a short time after waking up or returning home because your system needs time to adjust and get back to the ideal temperature. To rectify this, consider purchasing and installing a smart thermostat. A smart thermostat like the Honeywell Lyric T6 Wi-Fi Thermostat will learn from your temperature preferences and adjust itself automatically, so you can save energy with little to no effort.

Minimize direct sunlight

One of the most significant sources of heat in the summer is direct sunlight shining on your house during the middle of the day. ther this is through windows or directly onto the siding, strong sunlight beating on your home for the entire day can raise your indoor temperature. One solution to consider is to draw all curtain and blinds in the morning. Another way you can keep direct sunlight off of your home is to plant trees or bushes to block sunlight. If you can limit the amount of sunlight entering your home, your air conditioning will not have to work as hard to get the temperature to a comfortable level. These may seem like small changes, but they can have a large impact on the temperature of your home and the efficiency of your air conditioning system.

Install insulation

Your air conditioner may not be working efficiently and your heating bill may be rising if you do not have proper insulation in your home. If cool air is escaping through cracks and openings, the air conditioning system will have to work that much harder to replace the cool air. Keeping your home sealed up tight ensures that your home can remain at the ideal temperature with a minimal amount of power used. It is especially important to insulate any exposed ductwork that may be present throughout the home. If conditioned air is escaping through leaks in your ductwork, you could be looking at a much higher energy bill this summer.

While you can perform some of these checks for yourself, some are better left to professionals. If you’re worried at all about your air conditioning efficiency, contact the experts at Carey and Walsh. We have over 70 years of experience providing an unparalleled level of indoor comfort for residents of Westchester, Putnam and Rockland counties. We can perform a full audit of your home’s cooling system to determine whether it is running peak efficiency or whether you require air conditioning service such as ductwork, insulation, repair, or replacement. Contact us today or give us a call at 914-762-9600.

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