How to Take Advantage of Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency 04/05/2016 Spring has shown itself on the calendar, but that doesn't mean we won't have unexpected warm days. It's never the wrong time of year to take notice of your air conditioner efficiency. There are some easy things that can be done to fully realize the benefits of your air conditioner's efficiency and increase the lifecycle of your system. Switch Your Air Conditioner Filter Switching your air conditioner filter seems to always appear on these lists because it's so essential. Energy Star suggests changing your filter every month. The frequency in which you exchange your filter will depend on your filter type and your system. Some filters last much longer. Inspect your filters every month and get a sense of how often your filters need changing. A clean filter will keep air flowing freely in your home which will not only boost your air quality, but also helps your system work more efficiently. Dust and build-up in your system will cause your system to work harder and might lead to a shorter lifetime for your system. Be Sure Your Ducts Are Sealed Properly Ducts distribute air throughout your home and if they have any leaks, holes or poor connections, you can have a lot of energy being wasted. Not only that, but they might be making your home less comfortable. If you are not positive that your ducts are sealed well, we can help. Utilize a Programmable Thermostat A programmable thermostat can lessen your heating costs as well as your cooling costs. Heating and cooling your home while you're away is wasteful, so why pay to keep your home comfortable when you're away? There are a few different models of programmable thermostats to select from, so pick the one that best meets your lifestyle needs. Set Up Your Annual Tune-Up When your air conditioner isn’t having any issues it’s easy to forget that it can run even more smoothly with an annual tune-up and maintenance check. Annual air conditioner tune-ups keep your air conditioner working efficiently and could extend the life of your system. Zoned Heating and Cooling A zoned heating and cooling system offers you individual control over different zones of your home utilizing multiple programmable thermostats. This will not only keep you more comfortable, but also save you on energy expenses. Heating and cooling accounts for half of the energy used in your home. Together we can work to be sure your heating and cooling system is operating at top efficiency. If you haven’t scheduled your air conditioner service for the year or have any questions related to your home comfort system, set up an appointment with us online or give us a call at 251-471-2674.