Summer weather has begun and it’s starting to become difficult to stay cool through long warm summer days. Along with the summer weather, we see our utility bills become relatively higher. Wouldn’t it be amazing if there were ways to keep your house cool while keeping the amount of your bills down?
Luckily, we have four helpful ways to keep your air conditioner running efficiently without racking up your bills. By following these tips, you can tune up your AC unit and make sure it runs as smoothly as possible.
Clean or replace your air filters
One of the most important parts of your AC unit is the air filter. These filter particles of dust, allergens and other unwanted particles from the air that pass through it. When the filter is dirty, it either needs to be replaced or cleaned. This is usually done once every 1-3 months. During extreme weather, it would be more beneficial to replace your filter more frequently, especially if you are using your unit more often. Changing your filters is very important if your filter is clogged the airflow decreases and the dispersion of cold air in your house will not be as effective as it could be.
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Clean the Outdoor Unit (Condenser)
The area around your AC unit should not be covered by anything. Make sure to remove any plant growth, debris or other trash around your unit. Especially after winter and spring seasons because the buildup of dirt, dust and other outdoor particles will affect the way your AC works. You should maintain a clear area of 2-5 feet around the AC unit, even cut and trim the grass around it. You can use a Coil Brush to clean the coils, fins, and fans of the AC.
When you’re Away from Home
If you’re leaving your home for a couple hours or even for vacation it is important to keep your AC running. When you turn off your AC it’s harder for it to start back up and will take longer to cool your entire house. You may think that this would make your utility bills rise but if you set your AC 5-10 degrees higher, your home will not get too warm and cooling it down will not take as long.
Use a Thermostat
Programmable thermostats can reduce the amount of energy your AC unit uses. For example, you can set a schedule on the thermostat according to when you leave for work to save on costs. According to Energy Star if you program the thermostat properly, you will use approximately 10% less energy. Programmable thermostats are rising in technology and will make your AC unit more efficient, will make your utility bills cheaper, and decrease the use of energy within your home.
We hope you found this to be helpful! For more Air Conditioner and other appliance tips you can check out our website http://www.1stsourceservall.com/. You can also find any part or accessories you may need. Please be sure to like this post and share it with friends to help them out with their appliances!