Did you know your air conditioning system can account for 70 percent of your home’s energy expenditures during the summer?
With HVAC systems in general being the biggest energy user in the modern home, finding ways to make a comfort system work more effectively and efficiently during the hottest times of the year is a wise move that’s sure to save you time and money.
To help you save money on A/C costs this summer, our experts at Newark-Heath Heating & Cooling offer 7 helpful suggestions:
Keep Up With Tune-Ups
We put this at the top of our list for good reason!
Without regular maintenance every year, an air conditioner will depreciate over time in performance and efficiency, increasing wear and tear and making repairs inevitable. To avoid this, you should have your A/C unit cleaned and taken care of professionally as recommended to take care of and protect this valuable equipment. Seasonal tune-ups that are a part of maintenance help overall with the energy efficiency and longevity of your unit. It also keeps your equipment warranty active and enhances home comfort.
Check & Replace Your Air filters
When it comes to the performance of our home cooling systems, air filters play a major role. Not only do air filters help keep the air in our home clean from dust, allergens, dirt and debris. However, they also protect our equipment inside the actual A/C unit as well. On average, air filters must be checked around once a month during the summer to ensure proper air flow. They should be replaced as often as necessary to keep the A/C unit running the most efficiently.
Clean Condenser Coils
Although they are located outside the home, A/C condenser coils can impact the way the inside of a home feels. They also affect the unit’s longevity and efficiency. A condenser coil’s primary function is to take the unwanted warmth from the inside of the house and release it to the air outside. If the coils are dirty or have a blockage, the heat can get trapped and have a difficult time escaping, which can cause negative consequences to your AC unit and your home. Keep your A/C system running as effectively as possible by scheduling professional cleanings and routine maintenance every year as suggested. This will also keep your warranty active.
Make Sure Ductwork is Sealed
The air duct system in any HVAC unit plays an essential role in the function of the system. For air conditioning systems, they transport the cool air throughout the home. Therefore, leaks in ductwork can make the system have to work harder than it should during the summer. If leakage is present in the ductwork throughout your home, conditioned air escapes causing the household to feel uncomfortable forcing your A/C unit to work overtime. Make sure to schedule routine maintenance and keep furniture and objects away from vents in the household to ensure the most effective amount of air flow.
Sealed Windows and Doors
Dealing with air leaks or drafts in older homes can be difficult on an air conditioning system. Although the beauty of older styled windows and doors can be nice to look at, they could also be costing you if they’re not sealed properly and cool air is escaping outside, allowing warmer temperatures to make their way into the household. Caulking or replacing windows and doors inside your home will help your AC unit maintain cool temperatures inside requiring less energy.
Check Insulation Levels
Summer heat can leave your home cooling system working extra hard to keep your house cool during the summer if your insulation isn’t up to par. If insulation is an issue, having it checked or improved upon could help provide an easier workflow for your A/C equipment. Proper insulation in your attic and walls is important because it provides a barrier of protection which keeps the AC unit’s cool air from escaping outside. Ensuring proper insulation in your home could leave your AC unit running more efficiently and leaving your house feeling a lot more comfortable.
Upgrading Your A/C
While investing in a new residential air conditioning system might be costly up front, you will be saving in the long run with greater energy efficiency and money for the years to come. Outdated, ineffective AC units can cause your home to feel uncomfortable even though your equipment is working at full capacity. Newer equipment can ensure a more comfortable home and energy efficiency.
For more advice on how to keep your house cool this summer, call Newark-Heath Heating & Cooling today at (740) 212-5849, or schedule an appointment now by clicking here!