Nobody likes to be overheated, but now, more than ever, people are looking to save money and live green. Did you know that, if you want to lower your power bills, your local air conditioning repair Mission Viejo professional could be your best ally? That’s right, many people are paying more to keep cool than they need to. Here’s a few tips to help you keep the green where it should be: in your pocket.
- Keep Your System Maintained
While it can seem boring, keeping up with your HVAC system’s maintenance schedule can make the difference between a well-running, efficient system and a poorly-functioning, expensive one. At the very least, we recommend having your system serviced at the beginning and end of the cooling system. During the hot part of the year, it’s also important to clean or change your system’s filters regularly–and that means monthly for most systems. If you smoke, have allergies, have pets, or do anything else to put unusual amounts of strain on your filters, consider changing them more often.
- Run The A/C Less At Night
Evening brings cooler temperatures in much of the country, but if you’re dealing with humidity, turning off the air conditioner altogether can be unrealistic. A simple way to save energy is to continue to run the air conditioner to remove humidity from the air, but set the temperature higher at night so that the system doesn’t run as much.
- …Or Only Run The A/C At Night
Conversely, if you’re like millions of people and find it difficult to sleep in an overheated room, consider installing a programmable thermostat that will allow you to run the air conditioner only during the hours when you’re home. If you work outside the home for eight hours, for example, you might turn the air conditioner down or off while you’re away, and program it to only start cooling again an hour before you’re due to return home. Then, you can run the air conditioner all night and sleep in comfort while still saving energy.
- Pick A Temp And Stick With It
Many people find that setting their A/C to 78 degrees can save them money (compared, for example, to keeping it at 70) while still feeling very comfortable. If you’re used to keeping it much colder, consider whether you might be more comfortable keeping your thermostat set to a higher temperature and allowing your body to adapt to the summer weather. Often, a too-cold interior environment can make the times that you must spend outside feel even more oppressive.
Finally, don’t forget that a system in need of repair generally won’t run as efficiently. If you’re not sure if your system is optimized to save you money and save the planet, give us a call. We’d be happy to take a look.
When Is It Time To Replace? – www.energystar.gov
10 Ways To Save Money When Air Conditioning Is A Must – www.apartmenttherapy.com