Summer is here, and you want to make sure your Air Conditioning unit runs smoothly and efficiently. These five cooling tips will help you navigate the hot season comfortably and saving money on your energy bill.
Use Your Thermostat
Learning how to use your thermostat efficiently is one of the best ways to make the most of your Air Conditioning. During summer, set your thermostat as high as is comfortable, and raise the setpoint while you’re asleep or away from home. Remember: You reduce your heating and cooling costs by as much as 10% a year just by turning the thermostat back from its normal settings seven to 10 degrees for eight hours a day.
Pay Attention to Your Filters
Paying close attention to your filters is another simple way to ensure that your Air Conditioning unit works to the best of its capacity. Dirty filters can cause many problems, including restricted airflow, uneven cooling, and reduced overall efficiency. To avoid all these inconveniences, change your filters at least once a month, or as indicated in your user’s manual. Furthermore, changing your clogged filters can reduce your air conditioning’s energy consumption by 5% to 15%.
Keep Your Window Coverings Closed
Keeping your window coverings closed is an effective way of blocking heat from the sun. This effect is increased if you use energy efficient window coverings, such as honeycomb shades. Also known as cellular shades, these coverings can reduce heat through your windows by up to 80%. These are other energy efficient window coverings you may consider for your home:
- Window quilts
- Roman shades
- Curtains and drapes (in this case, the energy efficiency varies depending on the materials and colors you choose)
Manage Heat Sources Inside Your Home
Heat gain is not limited to the sun, it may also come from within your home. Limit your use of the oven during summer and use the microwave or an outside grill instead. The lightning of your home is another source of heat you can manage. Only 10% to 15% of the electricity that incandescent lights consume is turned to light; the rest becomes heat. Installing energy efficient light bulbs is a good way to save energy and increase the comfort inside your home.
Get Assistance From the Experts!
At Zero Heating AC & Refrigeration we know the importance of Air Conditioning. We install, repair, maintain and replace equipment and service all brands of air conditioning. We offer dependable service delivered with the utmost professionalism.
We’re located at 4142 Hickory Sun, San Antonio, Texas. Contact us today using our website or through our social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter and to schedule a repair or to get an estimate. We also offer financing plans for your convenience!