3 Steps to Maximize Your AC Efficiency

David Deem

With the sweltering summer season upon us, many are turning to our trusty AC units to keep us cool. Unfortunately, this can negatively impact our bank accounts - but it doesn't have to.

"It can get much more expensive to keep a cool home when temperatures reach the 80s and 90s," says Michael Petri, owner of Petri Plumbing & Heating. "Finding little ways to make a home's cooling more efficient can add up to significant savings over the course of a few months."

Petri recommends residents utilize the following tips in order to cool their homes without breaking the bank on energy bills:

Consider home efficiency upgrades and maintenance. Double-paned efficiency windows or a solar fan for an attic can be relatively inexpensive upgrades that will keep a home's air conditioner from working as hard. Also, check seals and weather stripping along doors and windows and replace as necessary. This will prevent cool air from escaping and warm air from entering the home.

Regularly change air filters. Be sure to look at the manufacturer's recommendation on the air filter packaging (it is typically displayed prominently) and follow those guidelines. Most air filters need to be changed every 30-90 days, but depending on one's particular living situation (such as if pets live in the home), the filters may need to be changed more frequently. Changing the air filter in your cooling system regularly will help maximize the unit's efficiency, resulting in better cooling at lower costs.

Schedule an HVAC tune-up. Regular maintenance will ensure your unit is working at peak efficiency, can identify problems before they become bigger issues and may even be required to keep the manufacturer's warranty in effect.

Source: Petri Plumbing & Heating



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