Eight Ways to Get the Most from Your AC This Summer
After a late arrival, summer 2019 is here in all its hot, sticky glory – and your central air conditioner is no doubt working around the clock to keep you comfortable in your Maryland home.
One of the downsides of your cooling system operating 24/7 is that energy bills can mount quickly. If you want to keep those bills as low as possible, try these eight tips:
- Change your filters regularly – Check your AC filters it at least once a month during the summer (especially if you have pets or are a smoker) to keep your home cooling system working at its best. Running your AC with a clogged air filter can cause problems ranging from decreased efficiency to a cooling system breakdown.
- Use a programmable thermostat – Keeping your house temperature just a few degrees warmer when you’re not home or sleeping can save you as much as 10 percent on your cooling bills – enough to offset the cost of installation in a single season.
- Use a ceiling fan – Ceiling fans can make a big difference in how cool you feel in your home – especially when your A/C is running. You can set your thermostat 3-4 degrees warmer with a ceiling fan running without losing any comfort – and much more economically.
- Install window treatments – Invest in high quality window treatments, such as reflecting blinds or drapes, to cover larger, sun-exposed areas in your Maryland home.
- Cool only where you need to – Clear vent-blocking items such as furniture, artwork, and draperies. Open vents only in rooms that need the most cooling; close them in basements and unused rooms. Consider installing a zone controller to regulate the distribution of cold air, or install a ductless AC unit to supplement your central air conditioner.
- Avoid using heat-producing appliances – Take advantage the summer heat by drying clothes and cooking meals outside – that way your AC won’t have to overcome the heat your dryer and stove produce.
- Get professional AC maintenance – A cooling system tune-up is probably the most important investment you can make in your AC equipment. Without it, expect to lose five percent or more of your cooling efficiency each year.
- Upgrade your old AC – If your current air conditioner is more than 10 years old, replacing it with a new high efficiency air conditioner can really save you money in the long run. An older system could be operating at or below SEER rating of 8 (SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, is a metric used to measure the amount of electricity needed to provide a specific cooling result). Today, federal of law requires a minimum of a 13 SEER rating for cooling systems sold in Maryland – which means you’ll use 30 percent less energy when you upgrade your old equipment.
Whether you’re ready for an AC upgrade or just need an AC tune-up or repair, Carroll Home Services is here for you. Contact us today for expert air conditioning equipment installations or service for your MD home!