Make Your A/C Colder: Here’s How
- August 20, 2013
Summer is in full swing in Whispering Pines, and your air conditioner is probably working overtime to keep you comfortable. There are quite a few things you can do to make your A/C colder while taking some of the load off of your system. These tips will get you started.
Maintain Your System
- If you haven’t already scheduled your annual preventive maintenance with a qualified HVAC technician, you can still reap the benefits, which include higher system efficiency, lower cooling costs, extended operating life and fewer repairs.
- Inspect your air filter monthly and replace it when it’s dirty. A clean filter ensures optimum airflow and prevents dust from building up inside your system, both of which are essential for efficient cooling.
- Hose down your outdoor unit monthly to remove debris from the metal fins, which can prevent efficient heat exchange.
- Seal cracks and loose joints in your ductwork with metal tape or mastic sealant. The typical home loses 20 to 40 percent of conditioned air through leaky ducts.
Keep the Heat Out
- Seal air leaks around stationary components of doors and windows with caulk, and install weatherstripping between movable parts. Apply expandable caulk to gaps around vents and pipes that protrude through exterior walls.
- Close your window shades during the day to keep solar heat gain from warming up your rooms.
- Avoid operating heat-generating appliances such as your clothes dryer and stove during the hottest part of the day.
- Install a programmable thermostat to maintain comfortable temperatures in your home while you’re there and while you’re away. Programmable thermostats prevent the need for frequent adjustments, which can make your system cycle too often, and save you a considerable amount of money on your cooling costs.
- Use your room and ceiling fans to help you feel cooler. Be sure to turn them off when you leave the room, since fans cool people, not spaces.
Comfort Services is dedicated to the year-round comfort of Whispering Pines residents. For more expert advice about how to make your A/C colder and save money on energy costs, please feel free to contact us.