Could you imagine what summer would be like without your AC system? Luckily, this is not something that you have to concern yourself with. What you do have to worry about, however, is finding ways to make your unit as efficient as possible so that it will save you money on energy costs and also last you for years to come.
If you’re curious to know about some of the different things that you can do to boost your system’s efficiency in just a matter of moments, please continue reading.
Provide shade to the outdoor part of your unit. One thing that you can do to help to make your AC system more efficient has to do with doing a bit of landscaping. If the outer part of your unit has no shade, it’s working overtime to help to keep your home cool. You can help it out by either planting a tree beside it or purchasing a lattice box that will easily fit over it. (You can usually find that kind of box at your local home improvement store.)
Add some insulation to your attic. If you can’t recall the last time that you went up into your attic to check your insulation, the summer season (in the evening when the temperature has dropped a bit) is a good time to do it. If you happen to notice that there are signs of wear and tear or even missing chunks of insulation, add some more. According to many energy experts, you can consider your attic well insulated when it has 12″ of insulation made out of an eco-friendly material like organic cotton or sheep’s wool.
Install a programmable thermostat. With all of the online articles that address the benefits of having a programmable thermostat, it’s still pretty amazing how many homes still don’t have one. But, if you’re looking for a small yet affordable way to preset the temperature in your house when you’re home and away, a programmable thermostat is one of the best ways to do that. Programmable-Thermostats-Review.TopTenReviews.com is one website that lists some of the best ones currently on the market.
Get some black-out curtains and ceiling fans. If you happen to live in a very hot climate, rather than constantly adjusting your thermostat, how about taking a couple of other approaches to the heat? For one thing, you can reduce the amount of sun rays that come into the rooms of your house by purchasing some black-out curtains at your local Target, Kmart or Walmart. Secondly, if you have some ceiling fans, turn them on. They can lower the temperature in your house by as much as seven degrees without you spending a lot of money on energy costs in the process.
Have a technician check out your unit. There is one more thing that you can do in order to boost your AC system: have a professional technician inspect it twice a year. Although you will have to pay them to do so, they can change your filter, vacuum out your air ducts and make sure there are no leaks or faulty wiring that could be preventing your AC system from working as well as it should. For tips on how to find a reputable technician within your area, go to Angie’s List and put “find a reputable HVAC technician” in the search field.