Ways You Can Make Your AC Cost Less to Run

air-conditioner-on-leavesIn our last blog post, we confronted a question customers often ask: “Why does it cost so much to run my air conditioner?” We then looked over problems that can afflict an AC, some from neglect, other from standard wear and tear—that will lower the system’s energy efficiency and hike up bills.

This week, we’re switching to the more positive approach and share some ways to improve your air conditioner’s energy performance this coming summer. Any air conditioning system in Corpus Christi, TX receives a huge workout during the heat of summer, so keeping it working at peak efficiency can stave off unnecessarily high utility bills.

Recommendations for Saving Money with Your Air Conditioner

  • Raise the thermostat: We know how tempting it is to push the thermostat down to the lowest setting when the heat outside rises up into the 90s. Most thermostats can be set as low as 60°F. However, each degree you raise the thermostat during the summer means saving energy; the less the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the slower the house interior gains heat. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends a setting of 78°F during the day when the house is occupied. If you still think this is too warm, our advice is to start at a lower temperature and raise it by one degree each day until people in the house get used to the temperature.
  • Clean the area around the outdoor unit: The outdoor cabinet of your air conditioner is called the condenser. In order for the air conditioner to work at full efficiency, the condenser must be able to expel heat to the outdoors. If the condenser is surrounded by dirt, leaves, branches, and other debris, it will make the AC work harder. Clean up this area so the condenser has a foot of space clear on all sides.
  • Vacuum vent covers: You may not realize it, but dust all over the vent covers can cost you in AC efficiency. Take a tour of your house and locate all the room vent covers (many are on the ceiling or down on the floor). Make sure they are unblocked, and then use a vacuum with a hose attachment to remove dust from them. You might be surprised with how dusty these vent covers can be—and when they’re clean, it will make a difference in AC performance.
  • Keep other appliances clear of the thermostat: The thermostat can pick up incorrect temperature readings, called “ghost readings,” from heat-producing appliances that are near it. This can mean an air conditioner running at the wrong time, which means waste energy and Lamps are often guilty of messing up the readings on thermostats. (And if the thermostat is near a window, you may want to consider having professionals move the thermostat.)

Finally, if you haven’t arranged for your regular spring air conditioning maintenance yet, make this a priority! There’s no better way to protect your AC’s performance and prevent repair issues than with a professional inspection and tune-up. Simply contact us today to sign up for our service efficiency agreement.

Justice Air Conditioning & Heating Serves Corpus Christi and the Surrounding Areas.

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