Don’t you love that feeling when you finally switch over the thermostat from heating to cooling? So do we! With spring in the air and winter finally gone, it’s time to think about the working condition of your Austin home’s air conditioner, both in terms of AC repair or seasonal servicing. So what should you do to get the most out of your air conditioner without driving up your monthly energy costs? Strand Brothers Service Experts has a few suggestions:
- Turn it up – when you initially turn on your air conditioner, take a few days to test out different temperatures to find where you feel the most comfortable. Begin by setting your thermostat to a temperature that you may think is a bit too high. Then, begin making small incremental changes until you get to a temperature where you feel comfortable. Keeping your thermostat set higher can keep your system from continually running, saving you money over a period of time. The longer your air conditioner is working, the more energy you're using—and the more money you're spending. Even one degree warmer can make a big impact in the cost of your monthly energy bills, so take time to find the perfect temperature.
- Consider the humidity – when you realize how much you can save, it can be tempting to grit your teeth and deal with the heat by completely turning off your air conditioner. However, what can easily be lost is that air conditioners can help dehumidify your home in addition to cooling it. So if humidity is an issue for you, be sure to think twice before turning off your air conditioner.
- Keep it serviced – every time we talk about energy savings and efficiency, the importance of air conditioner service cannot be stressed enough. Keeping your air conditioner serviced makes sure that all the pieces of your system are in working order before you begin using it all the time. Preventative maintenance is one of the most important steps to your system running efficiently and keeping major AC repair at bay.
- Double team – using fans along with your air conditioner is a great way to keep your home cooler and keep the air flowing. Strand Brothers Service Experts recommends tag-teaming to allow you to keep your air conditioner from running as often, and that reduced usage can create savings. It might also potentially help keep your home comfortable enough to raise your thermostat a degree or two.
Keeping your home comfortable when it gets hot in Austin isn’t as tough as it may seem. And it doesn’t have to be so pricey either. Luckily for you, there are a variety of ways that you can maintain or improve your comfort while also attempting to decrease your monthly energy costs. Whether you have questions about AC repair and air conditioner service or want to know more about energy efficiency, contact your local Austin HVAC experts at Strand Brothers Service Experts to learn more.