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 unanticipated 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 reap the perks of your air conditioner's efficiency and increase the lifespan of your system. Switch Your Air Conditioner Filter Changing your air conditioner filter seems to always appear on these lists because it's so important. Energy Star suggests swapping your filter every month. The frequency in which you swap out your filter will depend on your filter type and your system. Some filters last more than others. Look at your filters every month and get a sense of how often your filters need changing. A clean filter will keep air flowing freely in your home which will not only increase your air quality, but also helps your system operate more efficiently. Dust and build-up in your system may cause your system to work harder and may lead to a shorter lifecycle 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 not sure 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 away? There are several different models of programmable thermostats to select from, so pick the one that best suits your lifestyle needs. Schedule Your Annual Tune-Up When your air conditioner isn’t having any issues it’s easy to forget that it can run even more smoothly with an annual tune-up and maintenance check. Annual air conditioner tune-ups keep your air conditioner operating efficiently and might extend the life of your system. Zoned Heating and Cooling A zoned heating and cooling system provides you individual control over different zones of your home utilizing 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 make sure your heating and cooling system is running at it’s highest efficiency. If you haven’t scheduled your air conditioner service for the year or have any questions about your home comfort system, schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 815-768-6656.