The largest consumer of energy in your Edgewater, MD, home is most often the HVAC system. By taking the time to implement a few simple steps, you can increase the energy efficiency of your AC system and simultaneously lower your energy costs. Here are three tips to get you started:
Schedule Regular AC Maintenance
Scheduling regular maintenance for your air conditioner is one of the most effective methods for increasing its efficiency. A professional service technician will conduct an annual inspection and cleaning, making adjustments as needed. They’ll inspect these components during a typical annual AC maintenance check:
- Thermostats and control systems.
- Electrical connections.
- Moving parts.
- Blower components.
- Refrigerant level.
- Condensate drain.
- Fuel connections.
- Condenser coil.
Adjust Thermostat Settings
A thermostat is a useful tool for optimizing your cooling system. Simply adjusting the temperature setting for specified periods during the day can save you money. Set the thermostat to run at a higher temperature when you’re not at home and at a lower temperature when you are. You can save up to 3 percent on your cooling bills for every degree higher you set it.
You can automate these tasks with any programmable thermostat. If you have a smart programmable thermostat, you can use your mobile device to remotely program it from anywhere.
Use Your Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans, which keep the air moving so that it feels cooler, are also helpful for increasing the energy efficiency of your AC system. Ceiling fans refresh people, not rooms, so you should only use them in occupied spaces. In the summer, remember to make sure your ceiling fans spin in a counterclockwise direction to create a wind-chill effect.
Keeping your home cool and comfortable during the hot summers in Maryland without wasting energy requires some thought and effort. For more information on how to increase the cooling efficiency of your AC system, call Coastal Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc. today.
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