9 Tips to Lighten the Load for Your Air Conditioner
These tips don’t only apply to summer heat waves; they can be used to make your system more efficient, subsequently bringing down your energy costs.
Here are 9 things you can do to lighten the load for you’re A/C:
- Regular Maintenance: It’s the key to all cost-efficiency in HVAC. Maintenance will help prevent repairs while keeping your system clean and running efficiently.
- Change Your Filter: Your filter builds up a great deal of dirt and debris through the operating season. By changing the filter, your system will have less airflow restriction and will work more efficiently.
- Maintain your Ducts: Cleaning your ducts can help improve your home’s air quality by removing the dirt and debris that would otherwise by spread throughout your air. However, that’s not all that should be done. Your ducts should be checked for leaks or other inefficiencies to ensure that the air is delivered through your system without losing velocity.
- Add Extra Dehumidifiers: Your air conditioner has a dehumidification process, but if you use portable dehumidifiers in specific areas of need, you’ll feel more comfortable leaving your thermostat set to higher temperatures and your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard.
- Add an ERV: Similarly to dehumidifiers, an ERV can improve your indoor air quality and make higher temperatures feel more comfortable. With the ability live with a higher temperature, your air conditioner won’t work as hard.
- Use Fans: Whether it’s a ceiling or floor fan, you can have improved air circulation by using a fan. This can eliminate hot and cold spots to prevent unnecessary cooling.
- Create more Shade: Use your curtains or blinds to block out sun when you don’t need it. It will keep your home cooler.
- Use a Programmable Thermostat: Using a programmable thermostat allows you to have a set schedule for when your system is running. Otherwise, it may run all day and rack up extra wear and tear when it doesn’t need to.
- Seal your Windows: Drafts around your windows and doors can allow heat to enter your home and cause your air conditioner to run more cycles than it needs to.
Extra Tip. Buy 10-20 Large Freezers and Leave them Open Inside Various Rooms Around Your House: Just kidding, don’t do that.
Being an air conditioner is no easy gig. Follow these tips to give your air conditioner some much-needed R&R this summer.
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