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With summer on the way, it’s time to make sure your air conditioner is in top shape. Neglecting it could mean your high summer electricity bills will be even higher than necessary. Here are the steps you need to take to make sure you spend as little as possible on summer air conditioning.
Put in fresh filters
Minimal air conditioner use during the winter might have meant you got out of the habit of regularly changing your air filter. Start the air conditioning season with a brand new air filter to ensure maximum air flow. If your filter is clogged, it’s making your air conditioner run longer and use more energy. Write down the date your filter needs to be replaced, and strictly follow the replacement schedule until the end of air conditioning season.
Take care of your outdoor condenser unit
Falling leaves and other winter debris have likely accumulated on or around your condenser during the winter. With the power disconnected to ensure the fan doesn’t suddenly turn on and injure you, be sure all of this debris is cleared away. Trim any surrounding bushes or plants to make sure your AC condenser has a couple of feet of breathing room. If you have no plants around it, planting bushes nearby can help provide shade that will keep it cool and running more efficiently.
Make sure your AC’s vents aren’t blocked
If you have ceiling vents, this will be easy, but make sure no hanging decorations or large furniture are blocking your air flow. For floor or window vents, be sure you haven’t moved any furniture or other items in front of them. In addition to making sure the space directly in front of the vent is clear, you’ll also need to make sure there is nothing blocking the air from circulating around the room. Also make sure your vents are clean — dirty vents are no better than vents with a couch blocking them.
Install a programmable thermostat
Turning the temperature up by five degrees while you’re at work during the day could cut your electricity use by 5 percent. You can try doing this by hand, but there will be many days where you forget to turn up the temperature before you leave or come home to a miserably hot house. A programmable thermostat will make the adjustments for you to save energy during the day and make sure your home is comfortable when you return.
An annual AC tune-up can help restore your air conditioner to peak performance. Much like going without oil changes or maintenance over time, not maintaining your AC regularly reduces its performance. When your air conditioner works hard to keep you cool, parts inevitably need to be realigned or cleaned. Each small problem can add several percent to your electricity bill if not corrected. Regular air conditioning tune-ups can also prolong your AC’s life and reduce repairs by detecting small problems before they turn into big ones.
Call Trophy-AC in San Antonio to schedule an AC tune-up and check out our money saving coupons to get the best deal possible on your air conditioning repair and tune-up. Call today at 210-393-9617.