How to Take Advantage of Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency 04/05/2016 Spring has arrived on the calendar, but that doesn't mean we won't have unforeseen warm days. It's never the wrong time of year to take note of your air conditioner efficiency. There are some simple things that can be done to fully receive the benefits of your air conditioner's efficiency and lengthen the lifecycle of your system. Switch Your Air Conditioner Filter Switching your air conditioner filter seems to always show up on these lists because it's so important. Energy Star suggests changing your filter every month. The frequency in which you change your filter will depend on your filter type and your system. Some filters last much longer. Look at your filters every month and get a sense of how often your filters need switched out. A clean filter will keep air flowing freely in your home which will not only increase your air quality, but also helps your system work more efficiently. Dust and build-up in your system can cause your system to work harder and could lead to a shorter lifetime for your system. Be Sure Your Ducts Are Sealed Properly Ducts distribute air throughout your home and if they have any leaks, holes or poor connections, you could have a lot of energy being wasted. Not only that, but they could be making your home less comfortable. If you are unsure your ducts are sealed well, we can help. Add a Programmable Thermostat A programmable thermostat can decrease your heating costs as well as your cooling costs. Heating and cooling your home while you're away is wasteful, so why pay to keep your home comfortable when you're not home? There are several different models of programmable thermostats to pick from, so pick the one that best meets your lifestyle needs. Set Up Your Annual Tune-Up When your air conditioner isn’t having any issues it’s easy to forget that it benefits from an annual tune-up and maintenance check. Annual air conditioner tune-ups keep your air conditioner working efficiently and could extend the lifecycle of your system. Zoned Heating and Cooling A zoned heating and cooling system offers you individual control over different zones of your home taking advantage of multiple programmable thermostats. This will not only keep you more comfortable, but also save you throughout the year. Heating and cooling accounts for half of the energy used in your home. Together we can work to be sure your heating and cooling system is working at top efficiency. If you haven’t arranged your air conditioner service for the year or have any questions regarding your home comfort system, schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 336-853-6070.