With summer around the corner, it is always a good idea to prepare your home in Hendersonville, Tennessee, to be energy efficient. Here are some key strategies for maximizing your cooling system and saving on cooling costs.
Older AC units tend to be less efficient than newer models. Products that are Energy Star certified may use up to 50 percent less energy than other products. While the costs of a new unit may seem daunting, the savings will help the unit pay for itself in the long run.
Replace Filters and Circulate Air
If a new AC system is not an option, you should maximize the efficiency of your current unit by replacing the filters at the optimal time. If your unit does not have a function to alert you, replacing filters once per month is a good rule of thumb. Likewise, using a ceiling or floor fan can help move hot air and maintain an even temperature in the entire room.
Find the Optimal Temperature
Keep the temperature of your unit on the warmest comfortable temperature. Going all the way to the lowest temperature can increase energy consumption significantly. Even a few degrees can make a big difference. Check gaps in windows and doors that may be letting the cold air out. Covering the gaps under doors can be particularly helpful.
Invest in a Thermostat
Invest in a thermostat that gives you the flexibility to set the temperature based on your needs. Even basic units allow you to set different temperatures during the day, when you may be at work, and the evening when you will be home.
Whether you have a new AC or an older model, these strategies will help you manage your cooling costs this summer. If you need the help of an expert to assess your needs or tune-up your existing unit, call Bentley’s Air Conditioning today at (615) 754-2665.
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