Don’t you love that feeling when you have the chance to switch over the thermostat from heating to cooling? So do we! With spring in the air and winter in the rearview mirror, it’s time to think about the working condition of your San Antonio home’s air conditioner, both in terms of AC repair or seasonal servicing. So how can you get the most out of your air conditioner without driving up your monthly energy costs? Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air has a few insights:
- Turn it up – when you initially turn on your air conditioner, take a few days to test out a variety of temperatures to find where you are most comfortable. Begin by setting your thermostat to a temperature that you might think is a little too high. Then, make small incremental changes until you achieve a temperature where you feel comfortable. Keeping your thermostat set higher can keep your system from continuously running, saving you money over the long haul. The longer your air conditioner is working, the more energy you're eating up—and the more money you're spending. Even a degree warmer can make a big impact in the cost of your monthly energy bills, so take time to fiddle around with it.
- Consider the humidity – when you understand how much you can save, it can be tempting to grit your teeth and deal with the heat by completely turning off your air conditioner. However, what can easily be overlooked is that air conditioners can help dehumidify your home in addition to cooling it. So if humidity is an issue for you, be sure to think twice before turning off your air conditioner.
- Keep it serviced – every time we talk about energy savings and efficiency, the importance of air conditioner service cannot be mentioned enough. Keeping your air conditioner serviced ensures that all the pieces of your system are in working order before you begin using it heavily. Preventative maintenance is one of the most critical steps to your system running efficiently and keeping major AC repair at bay.
- Double team – using fans as well as your air conditioner is a great way to keep your home cooler and keep the air circulating. Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air recommends tag-teaming to allow you to keep your air conditioner from running as often, and that diminished usage can create savings. It might also potentially help keep your home comfortable enough to raise your thermostat a degree or two.
Keeping your home comfortable when it gets hot in San Antonio isn’t as hard as it may seem. And it doesn’t have to be so costly either. Luckily for you, there are a range of ways that you can maintain or improve your comfort while also attempting to lower your monthly energy costs. Whether you have questions about AC repair and air conditioner service or would like to know more about energy efficiency, contact your local San Antonio HVAC experts at Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air to learn more.