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8 Ways To Maximize Your AC’s Efficiency

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Have you ever thought about how much energy your HVAC system uses? It’s certainly worth your while to think about it! That’s because your home’s heating and cooling systems make up almost half of your home’s energy usage.

In order to save money on utility bills while also saving the planet with eco-friendly energy usage, it helps to know the ways that you can maximize your AC’s efficiency. Check out the 8 helpful tips below. By integrating as many of them as you can into your daily routine, you’ll save money by reducing your energy usage.

1. Get Your Ducts Sealed

Did you know that up to 30% of your home’s conditioned air gets lost via holes in your ductwork? Duct testing and sealing is one of many air conditioning services in Livermore we offer to maximize your home’s energy efficiency.

2. Set the Thermostat at 78°F

The Department of Energy recommends that you set your thermostat in the summer to 78°F. If this seems too high for your household, experiment with setting the thermostat at a higher setting than you’re used to seeing if your family can stay comfortable with a higher setting.

3. Install a Smart Thermostat

If your home still has an outdated manual thermostat, it’s time to upgrade to a smart model. It’ll help you achieve energy efficiency through its “smart” technology that studies and then automatically adjusts the temperature to your preferences. 

4. Change the Air Filter Regularly

By changing the air filter on a regular basis, you’re helping keep your AC’s internal parts clean from dirt and dust. This lets it work optimally, keeping your energy bills and usage down. You should change the air filter every 1-2 months during the cooling season.

5. Keep the Compressor Clean

The compressor is the outdoor unit. It needs to be clean and free of surrounding debris to maximize airflow and its performance. Make sure to keep objects away from the compressor and cut back grass or plant growth. You can also gently hose it off when it’s dirty.

6. Get Annual Maintenance

Tune-ups are the best way to maximize your AC’s performance. Get this essential service done once a year for central AC systems and twice a year for heat pumps. A thorough evaluation of your system is the best way to avoid issues down the road.

7. Keep Blinds and Curtains Closed

During the day, make use of window coverings such as blinds and curtains to help cool those rooms down. Covering your windows will reduce the amount of heat coming into the home which helps your AC work less.

8. Avoid Using Appliances During Peak Hours

Avoid using your washing machine, dishwasher, and clothes dryer during the day when energy costs are highest. If you can, run them in the evening when it’s cooler outside and energy costs are lower.

Hometown Heating and Air Conditioning is your trusted resource for air conditioning services. Reach out to us today! Your comfort is our business.

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