Tips for keeping your home comfortable
Follow these tips to keep your A/C unit running efficiently all summer and save money on energy bills.
The hottest days of summer make your air conditioning unit work the hardest. Here are ways to lower utility bills, save energy, increase comfort and maximize efficiency when your A/C needs the most help to keep you cool.
1. Call Us
Each central air conditioning unit should be inspected, cleaned and tuned before the hot and cold seasons begins. We can help you save money. Give us a call now: 337-984-3521
2. Check your filters
Check the air filter once per month and replace it as needed. This is especially important during the summer when dust and allergens circulate. If the filter becomes clogged, your system will have to work harder to supply the same amount of cool air.
Replacing filters is one of the easiest and most effective methods of conserving energy and saving money on your AC usage. And much like changing the oil in your car, it's a critical step in maintaining your system's long-term health.
3. Get a Maintenance Agreement
Our Preventative Maintenance Agreements keep your heating and cooling system running efficiently and helps to prevent costly breakdowns before they occur. Proper "clean and checks" will pay for the cost of the annual agreement with the money you save by operating more efficiently. CLICK HERE to learn more.
4. Make sure your thermostat is clear of heated objects
Don’t place lamps, TV sets, or other heat-producing appliances near your thermostat. The thermostat senses the heat causing the air conditioner to run longer than necessary. When installing a new thermostat, don't place it in a location where the sun might shine on it directly.
5. Don't touch that dial to save some money
Remember that each degree you dial below 78 increases your energy consumption by about 8 percent. Smart thermostats help ensure accurate control.
6. Consider a programable thermostat.
If it’s hard to remember to tweak your thermostat before you leave for work, consider investing in a programmable or smart thermostat or a timer for your window unit. These days we can set up a way for you to control your A/C from your phone.
7. Is it time to replace your air conditioner?
You may find your old air conditioner is no longer efficient. Consider replacing your unit with an energy-efficient model. They’re usually more expensive but thanks to federal tax credits and competitive prices, the prices are falling, and because they use less energy, you save in the long run, too.
Weatherizing prevents cold air loss.
8. Weatherize so you don’t cool the whole neighborhood
You want your cold air to stay in and hot air to stay out. Some basic weatherization steps can prevent air loss when you need cool air the most. Seal air leaks with caulking and weather-stripping. Add insulation around air conditioning ducts. Add a solar barrier in your attack to prvent the sun's rays from coming through and warming up your attack.
9. Consider your landscaping
Avoid landscaping with lots of rock, cement, or asphalt on the south or west sides of your home. If it’s not shaded, it will increase the temperature around the house and radiate heat. Consider what landscaping can do to help your house stay cool in the summer.
10. Keep the airflow of your outside unit clear
Keep plants, shrubs, and other landscaping about 2 to 4 feet away from your outdoor unit to ensure adequate airflow.