Summertime in Wisconsin means days out in the sun, afternoons on the lake, and watching your energy bill go up as your air conditioner struggles to cool your home. Whatever type of air conditioner you have, you don’t want it to be working harder than it should, so our team at Abner Boiler & Heating Company has compiled a list of tips so your home will stay cool all season long.
Keep It Clean
Use a soft-bristle brush to vacuum the fins of your AC unit; however, take care as they can be easily bent or crushed. On many units, you’ll have to unscrew and lift off a metal box to get at them, so check your owner’s manual to make sure you do it correctly.
Get a Programmable Thermostat
Programmable thermostats allow you to set temperatures for various times throughout the day and automatically lower the temperature when you most need it to help you save money and manage your cooling without constantly having to watch the dial yourself. These capabilities make a programmable thermostat a must-have in today’s AC technology.
Control Heat through Windows
This one may seem like a no-brainer, but a great way to keep the heat out is by paying attention to your windows. Make sure you keep them closed with blinds or drapes during the hottest parts of the day to keep the hot sun out.
Make Sure Your Unit Is the Right Size
AC units are sized to the number of cubic feet they need to cool. So do some research and make sure your unit isn’t rated for a smaller space than you have. If this happens the unit will work too hard to cool the air, wear out more quickly, and struggle to meet the demands of the thermostat.
These tips can come in handy to service your AC unit yourself; however, before the summer heat really gets going, consider having your system professionally checked out. Abner Boiler & Heating Company serves the Dane County, WI, area and is here to service your HVAC. Contact us at (608) 274-3077. We look forward to seeing you!