Dane County residents are going to be stuck inside more than usual this summer. So, now is the time to ensure your air conditioner is working well. And while keeping cool is important, it shouldn’t cost a fortune. To keep cool and spare your wallet, the team at Abner Boiler & Heating Company recommends following these six simple steps.
1. Update Your AC
If you find your energy bills are exceedingly high in the summer, it may be time to invest in a new air conditioner. Older units, especially those that have not been properly maintained, can become inefficient. While investing in a new HVAC system may seem expensive, your energy savings over time will make it well worth the investment.
2. Install a Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat is going to save energy, money, and wear on your HVAC. We recommend matching the thermostat to your schedule so your AC only runs in rooms that are in use.
3. Replace Air Filters Monthly
We recommend changing your unit’s air filters every month. Clogged filters disrupt air flow, making the unit work harder to achieve the desired temperature. Dirty filters can also lead to problems with dust and air quality concerns in the home.
4. Clean and Open Vents
Along with clean filters, it is also important to maintain clean vents. Over time, dust and debris accumulate on interior and exterior vents, blocking air flow. Keep your vents clean and make sure they are open to allow for adequate air flow.
5. Protect Your HVAC From Sun and Debris
Providing shade for your HVAC will reduce energy costs and increase the lifespan of the unit. Similarly, your HVAC needs to be cleaned and well-maintained to run properly. Keep bushes and plants cut back so they don’t interfere with the system.
6. Supplement with Fans
Some rooms are more difficult to cool than others. In these rooms, we recommend running fans to circulate air and help cool the room. This airflow will help maintain a consistent temperature throughout the home and ease the burden on your HVAC.
If you are concerned about the efficiency of your AC unit, contact Abner at (608) 274-3077. We’ll determine if your unit needs a simple tune-up or a more extensive repair. We also install a variety of energy-efficient air conditioners, including central and ductless units. Our team of HVAC experts proudly serves Madison, WI, and the surrounding areas.