As energy prices continue to rise, saving money on your cooling this summer is probably top of mind. Here are five tips to help you improve your air conditioner’s efficiency and stay cool all summer long.
1. Clean The Air Filter
Your air conditioner’s air filter captures airborne pollutants before they enter your home. Over time, the filter can become clogged with so much dirt, dust and debris that it restricts airflow and puts strain on your air conditioner. Clean or replace your air filter every one to three months or as recommended by the manufacturer.
2. Adjust Your Thermostat Settings
The Ontario Ministry of Energy (OME) recommends cooling your home to 24 or 25 C while at home and leaving it at about 28 C when it’s empty for more than four hours. Each degree below 26 can noticeably increase your electricity bill. That said, you may want to consider investing in a programmable or smart thermostat that can automatically adjust these settings based on your schedule.
3. Keep Your Vents Free from Obstructions
Obstructed vents can restrict airflow, making your air conditioner work harder than it needs to. Make a habit of regularly vacuuming dust and debris from your indoor supply vents and return grilles to help maintain a steady flow of cool air. Also, ensure items like blinds, furniture and toys aren’t blocking the vents.
4. Close Window Coverings
The hot summer sun can quickly heat up your home, making your AC work double-time. Therefore, close curtains and blinds on windows that receive direct sunlight during the hottest times of the day to avoid overheating your space. If you don’t have curtains or blinds, install them. You won’t regret it!
5. Invest In Regular Maintenance
A great way to ensure your air conditioner is always running at peak efficiency is to schedule regular preventative maintenance. An HVAC technician will periodically visit your home to tune up your system and fix minor issues before they become costly repairs or replacements.
Finally, if your air conditioner is over 15 years old, you may want to consider investing in a newer, more energy-efficient model. Don’s Heating & Cooling has what you need. We carry various central and ductless air conditioners from leading brands like Carrier.
Fast and Reliable Air Conditioner Maintenance and Repair
If you need complete HVAC services, turn to the pros at Don’s Heating & Cooling. We install, repair and maintain various air conditioning systems for properties of all sizes. We also carry central and ductless air conditioners from top brands like Carrier. Contact us today for more information or visit our showrooms in Orangeville or Alliston.