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 Houston home’s air conditioner, both in terms of AC repair or seasonal servicing. So what can you do to get the most out of your air conditioner without driving up your monthly energy costs? Church Services has a few suggestions:
- Turn it up – when you first turn on your air conditioner, take a few days to test out a variety of temperatures to find where you are most comfortable. Begin by setting your thermostat to a temperature that you might think is a little too high. Then, work on making small incremental changes until you reach a temperature where you feel comfortable. Keeping your thermostat set higher can keep your system from constantly running, saving you money over time. The longer your air conditioner is operating, the more energy you're utilizing—and the more money you're spending. Even a 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 understand how much you can save, it can be tempting to clinch 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 certain 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 working efficiently and keeping major AC repair at bay.
- Double team – using fans in addition to your air conditioner is a great way to keep your home cooler and keep the air moving. Church Services recommends tag-teaming to allow you to keep your air conditioner from running as often, and that decreased usage can create savings. It can 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 Houston isn’t as difficult as it may seem. And it doesn’t have to be so expensive either. Luckily for you, there are a variety of ways that you can maintain or improve your comfort while also attempting to lessen 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 Houston HVAC experts at Church Services to learn more.