As the long summer months drag on, it's likely that you're relying more on your air conditioning system every day. Unfortunately, unless you take the proper precautions, that reliance can come with skyrocketing energy costs that can leave you making sacrifices and searching for a better way to achieve the comfort you need.
With the proper habits, your current air conditioner can meet all of your needs and provide you with the service you desire. Rather than allowing yourself to struggle with an underperforming system, a few minor tweaks might be enough to alter your experience while driving down your power bill drastically.
Below, you'll find a guide to some tips for maximizing the efficiency of your air conditioning system. Following these suggestions can help guarantee that you're never blindsided by a power bill that you can't afford, and can help you extend the life of your air conditioner for many years to come.
Improve Your Landscaping
One great way to reduce the energy consumption of your air conditioner is to provide it with a little additional support. If your house is constantly bathed in sunlight, you're likely to see a spike in the temperature as the day goes on. It can force your air conditioner to work hardest during the warmest part of the day, compounding the effect of the strain and leaving you struggling for relief.
You can provide significant assistance to your air conditioner without altering the interior of your home at all. Planting trees, bushes, and other plants can provide natural shade that keeps your windows cool and stops high exterior temperatures from having as strong an effect inside your home.
More plants can also make your yard a cooler and more pleasant place to be, so when you come in from being outside, you also may not need a strong air conditioning blast to get comfortable again.
Hold a Consistent Temperature
A common mistake that many people make is attempting to rush the process of cooling down their homes by constantly changing the temperature settings on the thermostat. Driving the temperature down will only cause air to blow longer, not colder, and is unlikely to achieve much in the way of your comfort while simultaneously consuming far more electricity.
The best thing you can do for the sake of your air conditioner is to pick a temperature that you can be happy with at all hours and then not make any adjustments.
A consistent temperature will allow your system to make gradual adjustments and should help guarantee that you're never dissatisfied with the system performance. If you come in from outside and you're in need of a cool down, try your best to either wait out your body temperature decrease or simply sit in front of a fan.
Consider a New System
If you've done everything you can to follow good practices and you're still struggling to achieve the performance you desire from your air conditioner, it may be time to consider a replacement. Newer models are bound to be more efficient and provide superior service.
While it's understandable to have concerns about the upfront cost, it's important to consider how much energy you may be wasting. If your monthly bills are excessive, it's possible that a new air conditioner may pay for itself faster than you thought possible.
B & K Services has the experience necessary to provide you with air conditioning service that's guaranteed to keep you cool and satisfied. Turning to the professionals can help keep your energy costs under control and guarantee that you're never left sweating and wishing for a more efficient system.