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Increase Ac Efficiency

As summer arrives, homeowners across northeastern Arkansas heavily rely on their air conditioning systems to combat the sweltering heat. However, an inefficient AC system can lead homeowners to pay more for less comfort. Fortunately, you can take several practical steps to maximize AC efficiency and stay cool while saving energy.

Keep Up with Regular Maintenance:

Regular AC maintenance is essential for optimal efficiency. Consider these maintenance tips:

Clean or replace air filters: Dirty filters restrict airflow, forcing your AC system to work harder and consume more energy. Clean or replace filters every one to three months, depending on usage.

Clear debris around outdoor unit: Ensure the outdoor unit is clear of leaves, dirt, and debris. Restricted airflow can impair AC performance. Regularly clean the area surrounding the unit.

Schedule professional tune-ups: Arrange annual maintenance visits by HVAC professionals to inspect and tune up your AC system. They will clean coils, check refrigerant levels, and ensure all components are in top condition.

Replace an outdated unit: We often suggest that if your HVAC unit is ten years or older, you replace your HVAC unit. While most homeowners are skeptical about the costs of a new unit and installation, most don’t consider financing options and the savings a new, more efficient unit can provide when heating and cooling your home.

Optimize Thermostat Settings:

Proper thermostat settings contribute significantly to AC efficiency. Consider the following tips:

Set temperature wisely: Set the thermostat to the highest temperature that keeps you comfortable. Each degree higher can result in energy savings. Consider using programmable thermostats to adjust temperatures automatically based on your schedule.

Utilize energy-saving modes: Take advantage of energy-saving modes such as "Eco" or "Away" when not at home. These modes adjust the temperature to save energy while ensuring comfort upon your return.

Enhance Home Insulation:

Well-insulated homes retain cool air better, reducing AC workload and energy consumption. Consider these insulation tips:

Insulate walls and attic: Properly insulate walls and attic spaces to prevent heat transfer. Insulation helps maintain a consistent indoor temperature, reducing the need for excessive AC usage.

Seal air leaks: Identify and seal air leaks around windows, doors, and other openings. Weatherstripping and caulking can prevent cool air from escaping and hot air from entering your home.

Utilize Fans and Ventilation:

Fans and ventilation can enhance AC efficiency and provide supplemental cooling. Consider the following approaches:

Use ceiling fans: Run ceiling fans in conjunction with your AC. Ceiling fans create a wind-chill effect, allowing you to raise the thermostat a few degrees while still feeling comfortable.

Exhaust hot air: Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens to remove hot air and humidity generated during showers or cooking. This prevents excess heat from spreading throughout your home.

Manage Sunlight and Heat Gain:

Reducing heat gain from sunlight can alleviate the burden on your AC system. Consider these strategies:

Close blinds or shades: During the hottest parts of the day, close blinds, curtains, or shades to block out direct sunlight and prevent heat from entering your home.

Use window coverings strategically: Consider installing reflective window film or using awnings to further reduce heat transfer and maintain a cooler indoor environment.

Increasing AC efficiency during the summer months keeps you cool and comfortable and helps you save on energy bills. By following these strategies, you can have a Mohr comfortable home all year long.