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How to Make Your Air Conditioning More Energy Efficient

May 5th, 2014

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Improving your air conditioner’s energy efficiency offers many benefits. An energy-efficient A/C will use less energy, costing you less on your monthly utilities. Reducing the amount of energy your air conditioner requires to provide indoor comfort will also reduce your home’s carbon footprint, making a positive difference in the environment.

Service Your Unit Regularly

Air conditioners can lose up to 15% efficiency for every year they are not serviced by a professional. The best time to have your air conditioner inspected is before cooling season starts. This will ensure that your unit is ready to go on the first hot day of the year. Contact your local heating and cooling service about setting up a regular schedule for inspections and maintenance. While at your home, your air conditioning expert will clean, repair, and replace any parts that are worn to ensure your A/C is operating at peak efficiency.

Use Your Thermostat Wisely

You directly control the amount of energy your air conditioner consumes by setting your thermostat. Keep the temperature lower only when your home is occupied; turn up the temperature when you aren’t home to avoid using energy to cool an empty house. Replacing an older thermostat with a programmable model can help you maintain a more energy-efficient cooling system without the need to constantly change the temperature manually.

Keep Surroundings Clear

Your air conditioner’s outdoor condenser requires adequate airflow to function properly. Check your yard periodically and clear away any debris, such as branches, leaves, rocks, and other items. Keep foliage trimmed back from the unit for at least three feet in all directions. Avoid storing items near or against your outdoor condenser or indoor air handler to prevent damage and maximize airflow for efficient cooling.

Are you ready to enjoy greater energy efficiency and improved cooling this summer in Tucson? Contact Russett Southwest Corp. today by calling (520) 629-9676 to talk to a qualified heating and cooling specialist about your needs. Click through our website to check out the latest heating and cooling news.