Spring is definitely underway, and summer is just right around the corner. Temperatures are beginning to climb, and if you haven't already, you will be itching to turn on that air conditioner. Air conditioners work hard to keep your home and your family cool and comfortable. Unfortunately, if they are improperly maintained, they can become damaged or work inefficiently, leading to high energy costs. Here are a few ways that you can ensure that your air conditioner is working the way that it should so that you can stay cool as the temperatures rise.
Tip #1: Close Your Windows and Doors
While it can be particularly tempting to open up the window or front door to allow some fresh, cool air to come into the home, it is essentially counterproductive if you have your air conditioner running at the same time. Air conditioning units work by pulling warm air in from within the room, cooling that air by sending it over a special refrigerant, and then pushing that air back out into the room again. If windows and doors are open, you are simply increasing the amount of warm air that is within a room that the AC unit has to cool, thereby increasing energy costs and the workload of your unit.
Tip #2: Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance
To ensure that your air conditioning is in tip-top condition once the warmer weather arrives, you need to make sure that you have scheduled a maintenance appointment. Depending on the unit's make and model, the air filter will need to be cleaned or replaced—and this should be done on a regular basis throughout the year (usually every three months or so). In doing so, any trapped dust, dirt, pet danger, and pollen is removed from the system, allowing cool, clean air to continue circulating throughout the home. In the event that the air conditioning unit starts to underperform or breaks down, contact an HVAC contractor immediately to perform an inspection and conduct the necessary repairs.
Tip #3: Set the Thermostat Low When Not in Use
If you want to ensure that you have a sky-high energy bill all summer long, you should leave your AC running all the time. However, if you want to be more efficient, the AC's thermostat should be set to a higher temperature so that it won't kick on when you aren't at home. There is no reason to cool a home that isn't occupied, such as when you are at work, on vacation, etc. An ideal temperature is about 78 degrees, which will ensure your home doesn't overheat while also maintaining your energy costs.
For more information, reach out to local air conditioning services.