Feb 3, 2012
Summertime is upon us, and here at JD’s A/C we want to help you stay in the know on how to improve the effectiveness of your A/C unit!
Here are some simple ways you can get the most out of your A/C unit
Close Windows and Doors
It is highly recommended that you close all windows and doors when the air conditioner is turned on. This will keep the cool air inside the room and keep the temperature moderate. In addition to cooling efficiency, leaving the windows open will also put stress on the air conditioner. This is because the open windows let warm air inside. This extra stress may cause the air conditioner to become faulty prematurely.
Plug Leaks Around The Home
When it is said that the room should be leak-proof, it means that warm air from the outside shouldn’t come in.
Your AC is designed in a way that it turns off automatically to conserve power and improve efficiency. If an air conditioning unit does not turn off, it will run on a constant basis, causing your electric bill to be higher than it should, or needs to be!
Ready, Set, Program Your Unit
Programmable thermostats function optimally when your home and away intervals are 8 to 10 hours each. Frequent adjustments to your thermostat cost you more energy, while constant temperatures boost the efficiency. Each degree beyond the recommended temperature of 78-degrees, will increase your heating and cooling costs by 2%.
Here are helpful tips on how to adjust your thermostat to save money year round!
Keep Your Condenser In The Shade
Keeping your condenser in the shade can improve not only the efficiency of your unit, but the energy cost on your bill too! Planting trees to shade your air conditioner can make the unit 10% more efficient, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Planting just three trees in strategic areas near the compressor can reduce your annual cooling costs by $100 to $250 depending on the size of your cooling unit.
Shade trees keep outdoor temperatures down by cooling the air around them and blocking unrelenting sunlight from heating the ground. After a long day of absorbing heat, the ground releases it into the air and makes your air conditioner work harder than it needs to.
However, when shading your ac unit, here is a couple NO-NO’s:
Change Your Filters Regularly
It’s important to change the air filter for your heating and air conditioning system every month. Regularly replacing your air filters will provide several benefits.
As experienced HVAC service providers, we recommend paying close attention to your air filters during the winter and summer months. Be sure to schedule yearly maintenance to maximize and maintain the life of your unit.
Maximize Airflow Around Your Condenser
Don’t do something like build a deck over your condenser to conceal it. Interfering with airflow around your condenser unit will make your air conditioning system work harder, which costs you more money. Allow space around it for the air to move and flow freely.
Invest In A Zoning System
When zoning systems are in use, temperatures can be adjusted in a single area without affecting the rest of the home. Each zone has its own thermostat which communicates with the zoning system – a zoning panel and zone dampers installed within the ductwork that allow the heating or cooling unit to deliver conditioned air to only the zones where it is needed.
Set Thermostat To Reasonable Temperature
Setting your thermostat to 78-degrees Fahrenheit is the most efficient setting for your AC unit during the warmer months. Keeping your home’s temperature at a lower degree, such as 72-degrees for example, could increase your cooling cost by as much as 47%!
Keep Up With Routine Maintenance
When your air conditioner needs more than regular maintenance, hire a professional service technician with JD’s AC. One of our well-trained technicians will find and repair problems with your AC unit!
Our Certified HVAC Technician will: