As the blistering heat of summer rolls in, ensuring that your HVAC system is in good working order is more important than ever. A reliable air conditioning system is an effective one, in terms of both climate control and cost. These cooling efficiency tips will help you weather the heat of summer in comfort and keep your electricity bills low throughout the season.
5 Tips to Improve Your HVAC's Efficiency
These low-cost, easy to implement tips are perfect for improving your HVAC system’s efficiency while staying cool and saving money all summer long!
Adjust Your Thermostat
Adjusting your thermostat by 5 to 8 degrees (up in the winter, down in the summer) can help you save a considerable amount of energy and money. By setting a reasonable goal temperature that is comfortable for you and manageable for your thermostat, you can keep your home cool and your electricity bills relatively low. This is because it is far easier for your HVAC system to maintain a consistent temperature than it is for it to bring the temperature of your home down by 8 to 10 degrees at regular intervals.
Install Blinds (or Keep Them Closed)
It’s important to let in natural light, but leaving your windows completely uncovered will also turn your home into a greenhouse. Keeping your curtains closed is a great way to keep your home cool because closing all (or even some) of your curtains can block most of the sun light. Installing blinds or shades is a good idea if you don't already have them. Any blinds which have movable slats, for example, Venetian or vertical blinds, can be closed to block heat and manipulated to allow natural light into your home. As a result, your home will be cooler and your HVAC system won't have to work as hard.
Keep Heat Producing Appliances Away From your Thermostat
Your thermostat determines how hard your system must work to cool or heat your home based on the air around it. Therefore, keeping heat-producing items like lamps or sound systems next to your thermostat will fool it into working harder than necessary. This causes your HVAC system to cool your home more than you want it to and increase your energy bill at the same time.
Keep Your Vents Clear
Your thermostat may 'decide' how hard your HVAC system needs to work in order to bring the climate of your home to the desired temperature. However, it is the vents located throughout your home which ensure that this happens. As such, keeping your vents free from obstruction and debris is crucial to ensuring that your air conditioning system works the way it should. Take some time to ensure that there are no appliances blocking your vents, and clean them of dust, grime, and debris to feel an immediate difference.
Clean Your Outdoor Condenser Unit
Your outdoor condenser unit is key to the efficient functioning of your HVAC system, so it is important to ensure that it is clean, in good repair, and clear of debris. Things like falling leaves, pollen, and dust can build up and obstruct air intake and output vents so be sure to clean this unit regularly. It should also receive an annual maintenance check from an HVAC professional before summer arrives to avoid inconvenient breakdowns when you need it the most.
Schedule Your AC Tune-up
At Rebel Refrigeration, our team of highly trained experts will help you prepare your cooling system before the summer season starts. Get your HVAC system in tip-top shape to avoid any major breakdowns or repairs at the peak of the hot summer weather. To schedule your AC tune-up, contact us by calling (702) 766-9436 or send us a message here.