5 Tips For Limiting The Use Of Your Home's Air Conditioner

If your energy bills are through your roof after the first month of the summer, it may be from you using your air conditioner too much. In addition to it costing you more money each month, the excessive use could cause more wear and tear that leads to unnecessary repairs. Here are some ways that you can cut down on how much you use your central air conditioning. 

Limit Use To The Afternoon

Running an air conditioner all night and day wastes energy and is inefficient. Instead of powering a machine to cool down your house while you sleep, open the windows at night when the temperatures are cooler. Try to run your air conditioning only in the afternoon when the temperatures are at their hottest, and ride out the cool air for the rest of the evening.

Install A Smart Thermostat

You may have a programmable thermostat, but chances are that you set it and then forgot about it. Unless you manually override the settings, it will continue to keep the house at a consistent temperature all the time. A smart thermostat can learn when you are not home with motion sensors and adjust the thermostat accordingly. You can also make a more refined schedule based on your home's specific needs.

Circulate The Air

Your house will stay cool as long as the air is circulating in your home. You can do this by activating the fan on the blower to move air through the system, even if the condenser coil is not chilling the air. You can improve circulation by using fans throughout your home. Even using a box fan to create a cross breeze can make a huge difference to cool off a room that always feels a bit too hot.

Upgrade Your Windows

An older home with old windows could be the source of all the cool air escaping your home. Upgrading your windows will be a good investment for both your summer and winter energy bills. Modern windows made with vinyl and multiple glass panes could be just the upgrade you need to keep the HVAC system running efficiently.

Perform Routine Maintenance

Maintaining your air conditioner is the key to making sure it is running efficiently. Problems like dirty filters and not realizing you have a Freon leak could end up causing the unit to run longer than necessary each day. Hiring a professional (such as one from Advanced Heating & Cooling) to do the maintenance for you is a great way to ensure that everything gets done regularly.