With summertime just around the corner, most of us are looking forward to having more time to spend with family, backyard cookouts, family vacations, and trips to the pool, and many of us take for granted that after our fun in the sun, we can look forward to walking back into our nice, cool homes to get cool and refresh ourselves. That sounds like a perfect day, until you walk inside and find that the inside of your home is every bit as hot as outside because your air conditioning system has stopped working. Your AC is easily one of the most important appliances in your home, especially during summer, and you want to make sure that yours has the care it needs to keep running this summer. In addition to providing your home with the constant stream of cool air that you and your family enjoy, your air conditioning costs are likely going to make up at least a full half of your utility bills this summer, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. While spring no doubt allowed you to enjoy lower utility bills, the process of running your air conditioning system full time can really rack up the energy costs. Fortunately, there are several ways that you can ensure your system has the care it needs to continue running all throughout the summer months, and does so efficiently in an effort to help you save money. To help you in this, we have taken the time to put together a short list of several things you can do now that will prepare your AC system for the long months ahead, and help you save money on your energy costs this summer.
Change Your Air Filters
Replacing the air filters in your AC unit is probably one of the easiest forms of maintenance that you can perform on your system, and it’s also one that provides you with the most payoff as well. Ensuring that you change out your filters at least on a monthly basis will help to keep your system running efficiently and effectively all through the summer. Changing the filters regularly will help to prevent damage to your system that could cause it to break down, and because it won’t have to work as hard to circulate cool air throughout your home, you will wind up saving money on your energy bills.
Install A Programmable Thermostat
If you don’t already have one on your air conditioning system, it might be time to consider installing a programmable thermostat in your home. This will give you access to a number of different settings and options that will help you keep your home cool, but can help you save a great deal of money in the process. For instance, with a programmable thermostat, you can set the temperature higher during the times that you aren’t going to be home, reducing the amount of time that your system has to run, and program it to turn on right before you get home so that you can still walk into a cool house. This can go a long way in helping you save on your energy costs, and will also greatly reduce the wear on your system in the process.
Clean The Outside Unit
The outdoor unit to your air conditioning system is every bit as important as the inside unit. Taking the time now to inspect your outdoor unit and clear away any debris that might have been deposited around the unit, or any buildups that have accumulated on the condenser. Any deposits on this line might inhibit your system’s ability to transfer the hot air from your home effectively into the outside air, which could cause your system to heat up, or even fail if it goes on for too long.