Sometimes it feels as if the air conditioner can’t blow cold enough to keep you comfortable in your Boerne, Texas home. If that sounds familiar, you may have wondered how to make the air in your home cooler without driving up your energy bill. The following tips will help your air conditioner to run as cool and as efficiently as possible. You can beat the heat and save money while you’re at it.
- Seal the leaks. If warm outside air gets inside, it can feel like your AC isn’t working. Make sure weatherstripping around doors is intact. Use caulk or expanding spray foam to seal any noticeable leaks around window frames and exterior wall penetrations created by plumbing or electrical work. Make sure your ducts are sealed and insulated as well. Otherwise, you could be losing conditioned air before it arrives in your rooms.
- Keep it clean. Make sure your air conditioner’s outside condensing unit is kept clean and free of debris. Accumulated debris, especially dirt, trash, lawn cuttings, or leaves, impede air flow and reduce efficiency. It is best to have your HVAC technician address any problems within the condenser so that delicate parts are not damaged.
- Change your filters. Air conditioners run most efficiently when filters are inspected regularly and replaced when dirty. This is especially true in the warm weather months when you use the air conditioner more. Filters also accumulate more debris if conditions are especially dusty or if you have pets.
- Use ceiling fans. Ceiling fans don’t actually reduce the temperature in a room. They work by circulating the air and creating a wind-chill effect for people in the room. Ceiling fans can actually make a room feel as much as four degrees cooler.
- Program your thermostat wisely. It’s a natural tendency to want to lower the thermostat’s settings to make your house as cool as possible. The problem is that you run the risk of freezing the system up, especially if your coolant is on the low side. Just work through our other tips and keep your thermostat set at 78 degrees for optimal efficiency.
To learn more about how to make your home more comfortable, contact the HVAC experts at AC State Air today at 210-653-5900.