Don’t you love that feeling when you get to switch over the thermostat from heating to cooling? So do we! With spring in the air and winter behind us, it’s time to think about the working condition of your Houston home’s air conditioner, both in terms of AC repair or seasonal servicing. So what should you do to get the most out of your air conditioner without driving up your monthly energy costs? Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning has a few insights:
- Turn it up – when you first turn on your air conditioner, take a few days to test out a number of temperatures to find where you feel 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 system from constantly running, saving you money over time. The longer your air conditioner is working, the more energy you're using—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 tinker.
- Consider the humidity – when you understand how much you can save, it can be tempting to suck it up and deal with the heat by completely turning off your air conditioner. However, what can easily be lost is that air conditioners can help dehumidify your home in addition to cooling it. So if humidity is an annoyance 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 harped on enough. Keeping your air conditioner serviced makes certain that all the pieces of your system are in working order before you begin using it heavily. Preventative maintenance is one of the most critical steps to your system running efficiently and keeping major AC repair at bay.
- Double team – using fans along with your air conditioner is a great way to keep your home cooler and keep the air moving. Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning recommends tag-teaming to allow you to keep your air conditioner from running as often, and that reduced usage can create savings. It can 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 Houston isn’t as difficult as it may seem. And it doesn’t have to be so pricey either. Luckily for you, there are a number 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 Houston HVAC experts at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning to learn more.