- Turn Your Thermostat Up
One of the easiest things you can do to maximize the efficiency of your air conditioner is to simply turn your thermostat up. If you can be comfortable at a higher temperature, you won’t have to spend as much money to cool your home. Even the best AC units can’t make up for the monetary gain that simply turning up your thermostat can bring.
- Maintain Your AC Properly
A yearly HVAC tune-up can keep your system functioning properly and identify issues before they arise, so you can avoid unexpected HVAC failures. While you can perform some maintenance tasks, such as changing your HVAC filter on your own, other tasks, such as inspecting and cleaning your home AC compressor, should be left to the professionals.
- Close Your Curtains
Sunlight streaming through your windows can raise the interior temperature of your home and force your AC unit to work harder. You can ease the burden on your unit and lower your cooling costs simply by closing your curtains and blinds, at least during the hottest part of the day.
- Insulate Your Duct Work
If your HVAC’s duct work runs through a non-air-conditioned space, then all that freshly cooled air could be warming up on its way to your vents. Insulate your duct work to keep the cool air your HVAC produces cooler as it travels through your home’s ventilation system.
- Use Appliances Wisely
Some appliances can heat up the inside of your house and increase your cooling costs. To minimize the impact of heat-generating appliances on your energy bills, avoid using your oven or clothes dryer during the hottest part of the day. For maximum energy efficiency, use them at night when it will be easiest for your unit to keep your home cool.
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