During the hot days of summer your air conditioning system works extra hard to keep up with your comfort demands.  There are several ways that you can help take some of the stress off your system and help it work more efficiency.  Less energy means lower utility bills, too!

  • Keep your air conditioning system maintained on a regular basis. A preseason maintenance check will ensure that your system is working at its most efficient.
  • Check and change your air filters regularly. Clogged, dirty filters can cause your unit to work harder and will affect the efficiency of the entire system.
  • Consider adding a dehumidifier to your air conditioning system. Too much humidity in the air reduces comfort, whereas less humidity makes the air feel cooler.  When your air feels cooler you can turn down the thermostat and not run your air conditioner as often.
  • Keep doors between rooms open to promote air flow. This flow of air makes it easier for your system to cool your entire home.
  • Keep outside doors and windows shut while running your conditioner. Make sure they are properly sealed so that your cooled air is not escaping through the cracks.
  • Don’t overuse exhaust fans. If left on too long they’ll start to expel the air-conditioned air in your home.
  • Use shades, blinds, or curtains to block the radiant heat from the sun during the day.
  • Avoid using heat generating appliances during the day. Wait to use your oven, dishwasher, and clothes washer and dryer in the evening when it’s cooler.
  • Utilize ceiling fans to help circulate air conditioned air. Ceiling fans push the hot air down and help circulate cooled air.  They make it easier for your air conditioning system to maintain your temperature settings.
  • Consider shading your outdoor air conditioning unit. A unit that is hot is proven to run harder and use more energy.  However, make sure to keep the area around your outside unit free of debris and accessible for maintenance.