High energy bills have you down? Unfortunately, those bills may get higher before they get lower again. The coming summer months are often some of the most costly periods of the year for energy bills, making us begin to turn our attention toward our air conditioner efficiency.
The good news is, there are ways to reduce your expenses by increasing your air conditioner efficiency!
4 Steps to Lower Energy Bills with Air Conditioner Efficiency
STEP ONE: Invest in a programmable thermostat.
A small investment in a programmable thermostat allows you to preset your desired AC temps for different times of the day. Some thermostats are Wi-Fi-enabled, allowing you to adjust your settings remotely, whether it’s from the soccer field or the upstairs bedroom.
Raising the temps when you are away at work or, especially when you’re away on vacations can definitely increase your air conditioner efficiency and reduce your energy bills. Just be mindful of pet’s needs. Consult your veterinarian for specifics.
Be sure to consult a local quality HVAC provider, like Keith Air. A professional HVAC contractor is best qualified to help you choose the most appropriate thermostat to pair with your air conditioner or heat pump.
STEP TWO: Schedule your AC tune-up.
Your air conditioner efficiency can be dramatically improved with a routine AC tune-up. The AC tune-up, ideally, happens right before summer heats up and again after the majority of summer weather has passed.
An experienced HVAC technician will do a check of your unit to ensure everything is working properly from cleaning the condenser coils to checking electrical connections and reviewing for signs of unnecessary wear and tear.
STEP THREE: Don’t forget the obvious DIY efforts.
Of course, an experienced HVAC specialist can help you with the heavy lifting when it comes to air conditioner tune-ups, repairs or even replacement if needed. In the interim, there are a few things you can easily do on your own to keep your air conditioner efficiency at peak levels.
During especially hot days, putting on your ceiling fans can take some of the load off your AC unit. Also, routine changes of the filters can help prevent clogging and reduce inefficiency. Regularly changing the filter also improves indoor air quality.
STEP FOUR: Upgrade to a newer model.
Sometimes, the writing is on the wall. Your air conditioner efficiency, in some cases, may only be improved by saying goodbye. If it’s time to upgrade to a more efficient model, the good news is typically you will earn back a significant proportion of the cost of the new unit in no time in the form of energy savings.
Also, check with your energy provider. Some utilities offer rebates when you upgrade to a more efficient model. Finally, quality HVAC service providers will offer financing plans to help you offset the cost.
Help is Here for You in Mobile, Alabama
Keith Air is the go-to HVAC service provider in the Mobile area, and we’re here to help you with every aspect of your heating and cooling needs. We’re locals, so we understand how hot this summer is going to be (and how important your air conditioner efficiency is to you).
From choosing and installing the right thermostat to routine AC tune-ups to indoor air quality audits, we have a team of licensed and experienced technicians ready to get to work for you today.
If a new air conditioner is required, we offer excellent financing options to help you get a cooler home without a huge cash outlay.
Contact Keith Air to schedule an appointment today.