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Maximize Your AC Efficiency This Summer


Heating and cooling costs comprise the largest portion of energy costs in American homes. This can add up to a very significant amount of money! You definitely don’t want to be paying any more than you need to for home climate control.

This summer, we’ve got some helpful tips for maximizing your AC efficiency, so you can get the most out of your air conditioning for the lowest cost. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about AC efficiency or need to schedule air conditioning service in Akron, OH.

How Can You Cut AC Costs?

The bottom line here is that to pay less for air conditioning, you need your air conditioner not just to run efficiently, but also to spend less time running. Our tips address both of these things.

  • Maintenance: Between an accumulation of dust and grime, the wearing away of lubricant, and small misalignments developing due to all the vibration, your air conditioner gets less efficient over the course of the year. Maintenance can correct this and should be done every single year, ideally in the spring or early summer.
  • Air Filter Changes: Lack of airflow causes the system to work harder to keep drawing enough air. A filter that’s clogged with dust will make your AC less efficient. You need a clean filter every month during the heat of the summer. Wash and dry if it’s reusable, or toss and replace if it’s disposable.
  • Blocking Sunlight: The greenhouse effect is great for growing vegetables in cold climates. It’s not great for your home in the summer! While insulated curtains are the most effective option, any curtains or blinds will help. Don’t let the sun beat on glass and pour into your home, and your air conditioner will have less heat to battle against.
  • Blocking Drafts: Just like when you’re trying to keep warmth in during the winter, make an effort to keep the cold air in during the summer. Rope caulk or adhesive foam strips can seal up window gaps. Weather stripping or door snakes can close the space under doors. The more the heat stays out and the cold stays in, the less your air conditioner will need to run.
  • Keeping Air Dry: Using a dehumidifier can allow you to keep your thermostat a few degrees higher, because dry air will absorb more heat from your body than humid air. A slightly higher temperature will feel just as cool on your skin.
  • Keeping Air Moving: Set your ceiling fans to rotate counterclockwise during the summer. Keep them running in rooms that you’re in. Again, you’ll be able to drop your thermostat a few degrees. Your body is cooled very slightly by every molecule of air that brushes against you. Moving air means more molecules brush against you, carrying more of your body heat away.

With these tips, you’ll be able to run your air conditioner more efficiently, and even raise your thermostat several degrees while still feeling every bit as cool and comfortable.

Contact Crown Group Ohio today with any questions about your air conditioner or to make an appointment.

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