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How to Use Your Air Conditioner Most Efficiently

Man relaxing in his chair and enjoying the view from office windowYou won’t meet a lot of people in the Texas area who aren’t grateful for the use of central air conditioning. It’s necessary to make homes in our area not only comfortable, but bearable. But if an air conditioner doesn’t work the way you expect it to, then it may be time to call in for ac repair in Richmond, TX, especially if you skipped maintenance this spring (it’s never too late to get it on your schedule, though!)

Repair needs aren’t the only reason your air conditioner might not be working as efficiently as it normally can. The good news is, there might be something you can do about it, Be sure to read the following tips on how to use your air conditioner most efficiently, and give us a call if you suspect operational problems.

Raise the Temp!

Okay, we admit it, this sounds like counterintuitive advice… but bear with us! We don’t expect you to make your home hotter than it should be. But you might be turning your thermostat settings down much lower than you actually need in order to maintain comfort.

Some homeowners have their thermostat set as low as 71° when actually, most people are perfectly comfortable at about 78° throughout the day! Plus, you can save energy and subsequent money by raising the temperature when you aren’t home, or while you’re sleeping. Don’t waste unnecessary energy by cooling a home you aren’t using! Or by lowering temperatures far more than you actually need.

Utilize Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans can’t keep you cool on their own—after all, a fan doesn’t lower the temperature of the room that it’s in. It can, however, make your body feel cooler. This is because it helps sweat to evaporate from your body, which is your natural way of keeping cool. On a mild day, a ceiling fan might be sufficient to keep you cool and keep bills lower (so long as people are in the room where it’s being used).

When you are using your air conditioner, ceiling fans help push cool air down and keep warm air rising. Therefore, pairing your ceiling fans with your central air conditioning system allows you to run that air conditioner at a higher temperature, lowering your monthly energy costs.

Change Your Air Filter Regularly

The air filter that comes standard with your air conditioner gets clogged up with dust and debris over the course of a year, which makes it more difficult for the air to circulate through your home. This means it’s harder for your AC system to keep you cool, and your system might malfunction or freeze up as a result. Be sure to change your air filter each and every month so your system can work as it should.

Keep Your AC Clean

The outdoor coil of your air conditioner is one area where excessive dirt and buildup can cause problems for the system’s operation. This coil is supposed to enable the exchange of heat from the inside air to the outdoors. However, dirt can interfere.

When this coil is dirty, you can expect a drop in performance and efficiency. This is part of why you should schedule air conditioning maintenance before temps climb too high.

Contact Fresh Air, L.P. today for reliable AC services!

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