Don’t you love that feeling when you finally switch over the thermostat from heating to cooling? So do we! With spring in the air and winter in the rearview mirror, it’s time to think about the working condition of your Hillsborough home’s air conditioner, both in terms of AC repair or seasonal servicing. So what can you do to get the most out of your air conditioner without driving up your monthly energy costs? Fras-Air/General Service Experts has a few suggestions:
- Turn it up – when you initially turn on your air conditioner, take a few days to test out a number of temperatures to find where you gain the most comfortable. Begin by setting your thermostat to a temperature that you could think is a bit too high. Then, make small incremental changes until you get to a temperature where you feel comfortable. Keeping your thermostat set higher can keep your AC from continuously running, saving you money over time. The longer your air conditioner is working, the more energy you're eating up—and the more money you're spending. Even a single degree warmer can make a big impact in the cost of your monthly energy bills, so take time to fiddle around with it.
- Consider the humidity – when you consider how much you can save, it can be tempting to clinch your teeth and deal with the heat by completely turning off your air conditioner. However, what can easily be forgotten is that air conditioners can help dehumidify your home in addition to cooling it. So if humidity is a problem for you, be sure to think twice before turning off your air conditioner.
- Keep it serviced – every time we talk about energy savings and efficiency, the importance of air conditioner service cannot be stressed enough. Keeping your air conditioner serviced ensures that all the pieces of your system are in working order before you begin using it heavily. Preventative maintenance is one of the most important steps to your system working efficiently and keeping major AC repair at bay.
- Double team – using fans as well as your air conditioner is a great way to keep your home cooler and keep the air circulating. Fras-Air/General Service Experts recommends tag-teaming to allow you to keep your air conditioner from running as often, and that reduced usage can create savings. It may also potentially help keep your home comfortable enough to raise your thermostat a degree or two.
Keeping your home comfortable when it gets hot in Hillsborough isn’t as tough as it may seem. And it doesn’t have to be so expensive either. Luckily for you, there are a range of ways that you can maintain or improve your comfort while also attempting to lessen your monthly energy costs. Whether you have questions about AC repair and air conditioner service or want to know more about energy efficiency, contact your local Hillsborough HVAC experts at Fras-Air/General Service Experts to learn more.