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Methods to Increase Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency

In our blog post last week, we discussed SEER ratings and their importance in choosing a high-efficiency air conditioning system. Achieving high-efficiency is essential to lowering your monthly cooling costs, a huge priority for Texas residents.

Since operating your HVAC system makes up approximately half of your total utility expenses, you likely want to do anything you can to save money. The good news is, even if you can’t upgrade your system right now—or if you already have—there are some simple steps you can take right now to increase your air conditioner’s efficiency. We’ve shared just a few methods below. 

Use Your Ceiling Fan

While a ceiling fan doesn’t do anything to reduce the temperature of your home, it can help out your air conditioner. When you use your ceiling fans in combination with your AC system, you can provide a cooling effect to any given room that’s equivalent to 5–10 degrees, allowing you to set your thermostat at a higher setting.

Clean Around Your Outdoor Condenser Unit

Your air conditioner’s outdoor unit works most efficiently when it is clean and clear of debris. While you may have it checked—and thoroughly cleaned—during your maintenance appointment, you should be doing a visual inspection of your outside unit much more often than every 6 months to a year.

Keep Vents Unobstructed

To help maintain steady airflow from your system, vacuum dust and debris away from indoor supply vents. Additionally, be sure to keep items such as blinds, furniture, toys, and other objects away from vents so they aren’t blocked.

Look at Your Thermostat Location

If you have heat-producing appliances or lighting near your thermostat, then the thermostat gets the message that the air in your home needs to be cooled more, causing your system to run longer and work harder than it may need to.

For air conditioning services in Bulverde, TX, contact Riteway Service Company today.

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