This is a question we get often, especially considering how hot it gets in our area for the majority of the year. When you use your air conditioner as much as we do, it’s only natural that you’d want to improve your home’s efficiency in order to save as much money as you can.
The good news is there is a number of San Antonio, TX HVAC and indoor air quality services that can help you do just that. Something as simple as setting your thermostat a few degrees higher than normal during the cooling season is enough to improve your efficiency a bit, or opening up your home when evenings are cool to let a breeze in. But if you want to take full advantage of high efficiency and energy savings, we recommend you invest in the following:
The Installation of a Dehumidifier
When the relative humidity in the air rises above 50%, what happens is that there’s too much ambient moisture to let the sweat evaporate off of your skin. This makes the air feel hotter than it actually is, and makes you feel sweaty with no relief. Air conditioners remove some moisture form the air by default, but they are not designed for this purpose and too high humidity increases the strain on the system, causing it to perform inefficiently.
A whole-house dehumidifier resolves this by enabling you to set humidity levels to a comfortable setting, and ensuring that you eliminate the muggy environment in your home. Additionally, it takes that extra strain we just mentioned off of your AC system and allows it to do its job much more effectively. This saves you money on monthly bills and reduces the risk of a serious breakdown.
A Zone Control System
A zone control system is an excellent choice for a larger home, where an air conditioner may struggle to cool the air evenly, thus causing a lot of wasted energy. This system involves a series of dampers placed at strategic points in your air ducts, dividing the home into sections, i.e. zones.
Each of these zones can be cooled or heated individually, enabling you to set different temperatures in different rooms in order to match the individual tastes of your home’s occupants. This also means that you can turn off the cool air in unused parts of the home (such as a guest room or a currently unoccupied bedroom) during the day, while still running it in parts of the home that you’re occupying, thus saving potentially wasted energy, efficiency, and money.
Is your air conditioner getting enough TLC? Having regular maintenance performed each year (twice a year if you have a heat pump) lets our professionals fully clean dirty components, tighten and adjust whatever needs it, and perform other important tasks that will help it function at its best throughout the summer. Keeping up on these maintenance appointments helps your system last as long as possible, and work efficiently in the meantime.
To learn more about the energy efficient systems we install, contact Riteway Service Company today!