Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Boost A/C Performance with These Tips

It's hotter than blazes, and if you feel like your air conditioner isn't keeping up with the cooling demand in your home, a few simple and inexpensive tasks can boost its performance—and save you money on energy costs. From the team at J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling, here are five surefire ways to enjoy cool comfort without cranking down the thermostat.

1. Seal air leaks.

If your home's envelope is leaking air, your air conditioner has to work overtime to compensate as cool air escapes and warm air infiltrates. Caulk around leaky windows and baseboards, and install weatherstripping around exterior doors. Seal around pipes and service entrances on exterior walls, and make sure the attic hatch is well-sealed. 

2. Install a programmable thermostat.

A programmable thermostat that's properly installed and programmed can shave ten percent off your cooling bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. To enjoy savings without sacrificing comfort, set your thermostat to eight degrees higher than normal while you're at work and four degrees higher than normal while you're asleep. You'll never have to worry about forgetting to set it back, and you can program it to have your rooms cool by the time you wake up or arrive home.

3. Get a tune-up.

Your air conditioner works hard all season long to keep you comfortable. Much like a car, your system loses efficiency over time, but an annual tune-up can restore peak operation and prevent common problems. During a tune-up, a certified technician will test the controls, remove dust buildup, tighten belts and electrical connections, and check for refrigerant leaks and other problems.

4. Turn on those fans.

When you're hot, sweat evaporates from your skin to eliminate heat and regulate body temperature. Fans keep the air moving around your skin to promote more evaporation, which keeps you cooler. Turning on your fan increases your comfort, even at higher thermostat settings. But remember: Fans cool people, not air. Turn them off when you leave the room to save energy.

5. Replace the air filter.

A dirty air filter restricts airflow and makes your air conditioner work harder to keep you cool, wasting energy and dollars. Replacing a dirty air filter with a clean one can increase system efficiency by up to 15 percent, according to the Department of Energy. Choose a high quality, pleated air filter, and check it each month. If it's coated in dust, replace it. 

Comfort doesn't have to be costly, and you can even save money on cooling bills by keeping your air conditioner in top condition and maintaining an energy efficient home. For more information about ways to stay cool during the dog days of summer, feel free to contact J.R. Perkins Heating & Cooling.

J.R. Perkins is the first heating and air conditioning company in the East Valley, servicing Phoenix and more specifically Scottsdale, AZ. To learn more, please visit our website at www.JRPerkins.com or call (480) 422-4437.