It’s the dog days of summer, and your air conditioner is working hard to help keep your home cool and comfortable.
But, even with soaring temperatures, there are some ways you can ensure that your AC properly cools your home without running up your energy costs.
From regular maintenance to some small tricks that require just a little effort on your part, your Brooklyn cooling experts at Petri Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Drain Cleaning have some tips to help your air conditioning work smarter and not harder.
If you didn’t get your air conditioning serviced in the spring, it’s still never too late to have a tune-up. Regular maintenance helps improve the efficiency of your AC by cleaning dusty areas, replacing damaged parts and keeping an eye on issues that could force your AC to work harder to cool your home.
If you have an older home, there might be a chance that your insulation has degraded over time. When a home is well-insulated, the cool air produced by your air conditioning stays within the house longer. This means your AC has to cycle on less. The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that homeowners can save an average of 15% on their cooling costs with the proper insulation.
Smart thermostats can result in significant utility cost savings because they “learn” your family’s schedule. This allows them to adjust your AC’s settings so that you are not inadvertently cooling your air too much when no one is home or when your family is sleeping. These thermostats also know when you are due home so they can adjust the settings to make sure you walk into a cool home.
Since we all know that the source of most of a home’s heat comes from the sun, it only makes sense that blocking some of Old Sol’s rays will result in a cooler home. So, keep your blinds, curtains or other window treatments shuttered tight during the heat of the day to block the sun’s rays from heating your home.
Make sure your ductwork is clean and doesn’t have any visible cracks or gaps. Vacuuming your vents and wrapping your cracks or breaks with tape can help your ductwork get cool air to all the areas in your home that need cooling. If your home is older, you may want to consider hiring a professional vent cleaning crew to deep clean your ductwork. A reputable team will also note damaged areas so you can repair them, as well.