Updated July 19, 2023
We all depend on our home AC system to keep us comfortable as summer rages on. Keeping your unit properly serviced is one of the most effective strategies for fighting back against continuing rate hikes, and it couldn’t be easier as long as you follow a few easy tips. Here are some simple ways to improve your cooling system’s efficiency.
Adjust Temperatures Gradually
You probably already know that cranking your thermostat to its lowest temperature doesn’t provide immediate relief. Your unit performs its cooling functions at a fixed rate and takes longer to reach a lower temperature on a hot day. Setting the thermostat to its lowest setting won’t accelerate the process, and it could also cause your AC unit to freeze up.
The United States Department of Energy recommends an everyday setting of 78 degrees, which is a good place to start. After your house comes to a stable temperature, you can make adjustments of 2 to 3 degrees at a time.
Use Fans Wisely
Ceiling fans and stand fans can make a significant difference in your energy costs, but you need to be familiar with what they can and can’t do. Fans push and circulate the air but don’t make any difference in your household’s temperature. They also don’t do any good if they run all day in unoccupied rooms. Fans will definitely make you and your family feel more comfortable, but they should be turned off when you go to work or sleep.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat is a small investment that can really pay off. It will raise the household temperature while you and your family are asleep or away from home and lower it to your desired temperature shortly before you wake up or return. Modern thermostats now also feature Bluetooth technology and a variety of automated settings. You can remotely program your thermostat using your smartphone. Some models can even make automatic adjustments after they learn your temperature preferences.
To learn more great ways to manage your energy costs this summer, contact Mike's Heating and Air in Albany, OR, today. Our team can also assist you with AC repair, maintenance, and installation, as well as heating repair, installation, and maintenance.