In today’s technologically-advanced society, we’re always looking for ways to get our devices to do more. This not only gives us better value, but a better experience as we get even better abilities out of something that may not have initially been able to do it. Your air conditioner is one of these devices—with a few simple tips, you can implement some of these “life hacks” into your system and enjoy a cooler home all summer long without a surging cost to your electric bill.
Tip #1: Keep Shutters & Curtains Closed
The sun is nature’s heat lamp, and while we depend on it for its life-giving warmth, there are times where we really don’t want that heat getting into our house. Since our windows are clear and allow light (and heat) to pass through, a bright, uncovered window may be letting unwanted heat into your home and making life more difficult for your air conditioner. Your air conditioner certainly won’t enjoy trying to keep up with the single largest energy source in our solar system.
Instead, consider shutting curtains, blinds, or shutters on windows in rooms you aren’t using. This will keep more of that heat out, which keeps these rooms cooler. This is a particularly good tip for the middle of the day if nobody’s going to be home since it will allow you to set your thermostat higher without the forcing your air conditioner to work as hard to get your home back to a comfortable temperature before you return.
This is less of a problem with modern double-pane and heat-reducing windows, but older homes, or those with older windows would still greatly benefit from it.
Tip #2: Invest in a Smart Thermostat
Are you tired of constantly having to adjust your thermostat and remember if you turned it off or to the right temperature before leaving the house? With a smart thermostat, these worries and many others are a thing of the past. Smart thermostats are those which have a small computer in them that does everything from monitor your temperature to adjust its programming to maintain your temperature goals. Some even pull weather information from the internet and adjust themselves in order to keep your home at the perfect comfort level!
Why do they do all this? To save you energy. Some thermostats can monitor your energy usage and provide you with a full readout of how much energy you’re using on your heating and cooling. And when you consider that roughly half of the energy that the average American household consumes every year is committed to heating and cooling, finding ways to make these systems more efficient could have a significant effect in saving you money. Plus, at an average cost of no more than a few hundred dollars, a smart thermostat is also one of the most cost-effective investments as well!
Tip #3: Change Your Air Filter
Your central system’s air filter is a small and inexpensive component, but it’s one that few people pay even remotely enough attention to. And that’s not a good thing when you consider that the importance of changing this filter simply can’t be understated. The overwhelming majority of major system breakdowns can have their root caused traced at least partially to a dirty air filter, and a dirty filter can cause all sorts of problems including inefficiency, poor indoor air quality, and more.
It’s strongly advised you check your air filter at least every month and replace it as necessary. Most of the time, a replacement filter can be purchased from your local home improvement or hardware store for just a few dollars, and it’s usually a good idea to have a few spares on hand just in case. Depending on your system use and the air quality in your home, you will find that it’s a good idea to change this filter anywhere from every month to every three to four months.If you need your air conditioner fixed, a new system installed, or your current system professionally maintained, call 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating at (830) 302-3140 and let our Fredericksburg air conditioning team handle it for you!