If you use your air conditioner during the summer, your electric bill is almost guaranteed to be significantly higher than during any other time of the year. There are several steps you can take to improve your AC’s efficiency and dramatically reduce your energy spending.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat helps you to save money without reducing comfort, by regulating your air conditioner’s cycle based on need. Your air conditioner is essentially programmed to cycle on less frequently when you are away or sleeping. It can be programmed so you are faced with more comfortable temperatures when you awaken or when you return home. According to the Department of Energy, installing a programmable thermostat can cut both your cooling and heating costs by up to ten percent each year.
Schedule Annual Preventive Maintenance
You wouldn’t think about skipping out on regular maintenance and oil changes for your car, but did you know that preventive maintenance can be as important for an air conditioner? Over time, the interior fans and mechanical parts become dirty, other parts might wear down or fall out of alignment, or a leak could reduce its cooling charge. Have your air conditioner checked out and tuned up each year to ensure these types of problems aren’t adding to your energy costs.
Don’t Neglect Your Air Filters
The often-repeated advice about changing your air filter every month isn’t just to sell more air filters. When your air filter is dirty, your air conditioner has to work much harder to achieve the same levels of cooling as with a clean air filter. According to the US Department of Energy, the energy savings from replacing a dirty air filter can be as high as 15 percent.
To learn more about the ways we can help you to improve to your AC’s efficiency, or about any of our services, call Rex’s Heating and Cooling today, at (574) 538-2022.