In Kyle, Texas, our summer weather can wreak havoc on your air conditioning budget. With some effort on your part, you can help increase your unit’s efficiency and save money on your energy bills. Read on for some suggestions on how to improve HVAC efficiency at home.
Check Your Insulation
The number-one source of heat gain in the summer is through the roof and ceiling, especially if your insulation is insufficient. Even if your air conditioner is running at full capacity, you might notice the indoor air temperature rising. If the heat at the top of the house is counteracting the cooling, your air conditioner will run more because it can’t keep up with the cooling. As a result, your energy bills will increase.
Clean Your Coils
If you have a heat pump, the outdoor unit has a condenser and the indoor unit has an evaporator. Both are coil systems that can collect dirt, which prevents proper airflow and leads to inefficient cooling. You can check the outdoor unit for yard debris, but it’s worth scheduling a cleaning as part of your preventative maintenance plan to ensure those and all the other components are running at their best.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat can make a huge difference in how frequently your air conditioner runs. Modern thermostats give you the ability to control temperatures every hour of the day so you can have the system cool or heat the most when you’re at home. Many thermostats have apps for your smartphone to monitor and make changes outside the regular schedule. As a result, you can optimize HVAC efficiency.
Change Your Filters Regularly
Though it’s a simple task, changing your filters can is an easy one to overlook. A system starved of air because of clogged filters will quickly lose HVAC efficiency. Change your filters every 90 days, and do so more frequently if you have pets or have allergies or asthma in your family.
At Cool Cat AC & Heating, we know you’re looking to balance saving money and feeling comfortable. Take these simple steps or consider upgrading your system to enjoy cost savings immediately. Call us today at (512) 775-2591.
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