Air conditioning season is here, and while we’ve gotten a bit of a reprieve from the heat with our June gloom, triple-digit temperatures will be here before you know it. You’re going to need to pay more in monthly cooling bills during the summer, since you’re running the air conditioner a lot more often than you did during the spring.
But just because you’re paying more during the summer doesn’t mean you should pay more than is necessary. You can take steps to improve your AC efficiency and help cut down on those monthly bills. We’ve provided a brief list below. It’s divided into two: steps you can take yourself without professional help (some of which you may be practicing already) and steps you need a professional technician to help with.
Steps You Can Take Yourself
Simple steps to improve your air conditioner include the following:
- Setting the thermostat to 78 degrees instead of 75 degrees.
- Dressing in lightweight clothes while inside, and hydrating regularly (especially with light drinks like water, iced tea or fruit juices).
- Using weather-stripping to seal cracks around doors and windows. (Many people think of them as wintertime installation, but they keep cool air in your home in the summer just as well.)
- Opening the house up at night and turning off the air when the sun goes down: running any fans you have to move air through the house.
Steps That Require a Professional
Little steps like that can make more difference than you think, but a trained technician can deliver a number of upgrades to your system that can seriously improve the system’s overall efficiency. They can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Maintenance. A maintenance session performed in late spring or early summer gives the technician a chance to correct all of the little things that don’t merit a repair call on their own: loose bolts, dusty components and the like. They can also look for signs of a big problem that might be forming, letting you nip it in the bud as well as helping the system function more efficiently.
- Zone Controls. A zone control system divides your cooling ducts into sections, which can be heated or cooled independently of the rest of the house. Besides letting different family members set temperatures to suit their taste, it allows you to turn off the air in unused parts of the home while still running it in parts of the home you are using.
- Insulation. Most people assume that insulation only keeps in warm air in the winter and many homes in the area don’t have much because it makes little sense with our mild winters. But insulation can keep cool air in your home in the summer as well as warm air in the winter, and if your home has room, installing more insulation can pay huge dividends this summer.
If any of these air conditioning options sound like a good fit for your Rialto, CA home, call the friendly pros at Avis Plumbing-Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. to schedule an installation!