As the temperatures rise during these next few summer months, it is a very good idea to make sure your air conditioner is running optimally. Here are a few tips on how to save on utility costs and prolong the lifespan of your heating and cooling equipment.
First, have your indoor coil and outdoor condenser coil cleaned. The indoor coil for your air conditioner attracts dust and dirt build-up over time. This causes poor efficiency and should be cleaned to prevent your air conditioner from working harder to maintain your desired temperature. The outdoor unit needs large quantities of outside air to be able to effectively remove heat outside your home. The outdoor unit should be clear of debris and should also be cleaned often.
Next, change your furnace filters regularly. A clogged filter can reduce airflow and cause your coil to freeze up. Having clean filters can reduce energy consumption by up to 15%.
Another good idea is to keep window curtains drawn during the day to block sunlight. Over 20% of your air conditioning costs come from the sunlight entering through your windows. Keeping curtains closed will help decrease your cooling costs.
Another tip is to try setting your thermostat as high as comfortably possible. The smaller the difference between the outdoor and indoor temperatures, the lower your utility costs will be.
Finally, keep your home closed tight during the day so you don't let in unwanted heat. Use bathroom exhaust fans and kitchen exhaust fans sparingly.
If you want to take it one step further, have a Roth technician perform a Precision Tune-Up on your system. Our skilled technicians clean or replace standard filters, clean condensate drains, verify the proper refrigerant charge, lubricate all moving parts, clean condenser/evaporator coils (if accessible) check thermostat operation, plus much more. Having Roth Heating and Cooling perform your precision tune-up, will give you the peace of mind that your equipment is running efficiently and getting the required maintenance needed to extend the life expectancy of your system.