How to Make Your AC as Efficient as Possible
There are many great things about living in Central Indiana, and, on the right day, this can include beautiful weather. But let’s be honest: Most of us need our AC to get through the hot, humid summer in one piece and while there are slight climate differences between Anderson, Muncie, and New Castle, you’re going to be running that AC a lot no matter where you live.
So here are a few tips to help run your AC efficiently to get the cooling you need with the lowest utility costs possible.
One of the biggest things you can do is to get an air conditioner with a high SEER rating. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. There are several complicated formulas and physics principles behind it, but all you need to worry about is this:
The higher the SEER number, the more efficient your AC will be.
And the difference can be pretty big. Older AC units tend to have SEER ratings of 6 or less, while modern air conditioners must have a SEER rating higher than 13. That increased efficiency can very quickly pay off the cost of replacing the unit.
What You Can Do
The US Department of Energy has several recommendations for homeowners to help them get the most out of their air conditioner. Here are a few of them:
- Set your thermostat at as high a temperature as comfortably possible. Your AC will have to work less, which means you’ll have a lower cooling bill.
- Setting your thermostat lower to make the AC cool faster won’t actually cool things down any quicker. It will also tax your AC more, making it less efficient.
- Keep appliances that give off heat (like lamps or TVs) away from the thermostat. This will make your thermostat think it’s hotter than it is and use more AC.
Schedule Your Semi-Annual Checkup
You wouldn’t drive your car all year without getting it serviced, so why do the same with your AC unit? One of the best things you can do to keep your unit running as efficiently as possible is to have an HVAC professional come in for a semi-annual checkup.
They should go over the whole system from the compressor to the condensing unit to the ductwork. Make sure to mention any issues you have like inconsistent temperatures in different rooms or odd sounds. It’s a low cost service, and the increased efficiency will easily cover the expense in no time.