How To Improve Your Air Conditioner Efficiency

Think a home’s air conditioner doesn’t cost a lot of money? Think again. 

According to the US Department of Energy, around 75 percent of homes throughout the United States have an air conditioner, and those air conditioners use about 6 percent of all the electricity produced. That costs us $29 billion collectively just trying to stay cool on the hottest days of the year. 

Most homeowners notice an uptick in their utility bills when the air conditioner starts running. As the bill starts moving higher and higher, it’s only natural to want to improve your air conditioner efficiency, and save money whenever you can. 

Where do you begin?

How To Improve Your Air Conditioner Efficiency

Notice efficiency problems 

How do you know if your air conditioner isn’t operating efficiently? It gives you warning signs if you pay attention. 

  • Higher utility bills – if you’re using the air conditioner more trying to maintain a specific temperature, it’s a sign the equipment isn’t operating correctly. 
  • Frequent cycling – frequent cycling is a sign of a system problem. Your thermostat might not be talking with the AC system. Or the compressor might be failing. 
  • Ice on the compressor – this signals a leak somewhere within the coolant line, or damage to the coils. 
  • Noise – noises change as your equipment ages. You start to hear sounds you’ve never heard before. 

Simple ways to increase efficiency

Calling an HVAC technician for regular maintenance is important to keep your equipment operating well. But there are things you can do yourself in between visits. 

Keep vents clean

It’s easy for vents and registers to become blocked with dust and debris. Walk around occasionally and take a look at each vent, ensuring it’s operating and hasn’t been blocked from use. Drapery, boxes, furniture and more can also be pushed in front, stopping the air from flowing into your room and doing its job. 

Keep doors and windows closed

Air conditioners are built for maximum efficiency if they operate in a closed environment. That means all doors and windows are closed, allowing air to flow freely throughout your home. 

Keep the condenser clean

Condenser units usually sit outside alongside your home. Depending on where it is, you might use landscaping to lessen its visibility. Be sure to check the condenser from time to time to ensure overgrown landscaping isn’t impeding functionality, and that it’s clean and free of potential problems. 

Keep the thermostat operating well

The thermostat’s job is to connect with the air conditioner and turn it on and off according to the inside air temperature. If it’s impacted by direct sunlight, or is placed near a heat-producing appliance, it isn’t accurately reading your inside air temperature. It might be time to move your thermostat. 

Keep air leaks to a minimum

Even new homes can be drafty and inefficient. Part of your yearly inspection can ensure attic, window, door, crawlspaces, and other areas are as efficient as possible. Fix leaks and ensure your conditioned air stays inside your home, preventing it from leaking to the outside. 

If you can’t remember when your air conditioner was inspected, now is the time. We’re using air conditioning more than ever with the hot temperatures already recorded here across the Front Range. To ensure your air conditioner is as efficient as possible, give us a call today. 

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