Air conditioners need all the help they can get - especially in Alabama where hot and humid weather is the norm for almost 9 months of the year. Although the long summers and short winters make life more fun, your Auburn, Phenix City, or Opelika cooling system might think otherwise. While everyone is enjoying the warm weather or chilling by the pool, your air conditioner is hard at work providing reliably cool indoor comfort. When the temps skyrocket, give your air conditioner a hand. Here are five ways to ease the load on your air conditioning system and help it to be more efficient without sacrificing comfort:
1. Install And Use Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans don't actually cool a room. Rather, they make people in the room feel cooler by creating a constant breeze. Turning on a ceiling fan instead of cranking up the air conditioner will use less energy without sacrificing comfort. You can also use a ceiling fan to cool off a single room instead of adjusting the thermostat and cooling off the whole house.
2. Keep Your Air Conditioner's Filter Clean
Replacing or cleaning your air conditioner's filter every month will keep your cooling system in good repair. Dirty filters make your air conditioner work harder than it has to. They can also damage your cooling system's motor and pollute your indoor air.
3. Close Your Drapes During The Day
The more sunlight that enters your house, the hotter your house will be and the harder your air conditioner will have to work to keep things cool. Help your AC by closing the drapes, and it will reward you with lower utility bills.
4. Use Heat-Generating Appliances At Night
Baking, drying clothes, cooking and performing other heat-generating activities will increase the load on your air conditioner. If possible, perform these chores late in the day or early in the morning when the Alabama sun is less intense.
5. Schedule Air Conditioner Maintenance Every Spring
Throughout the dog days of an Auburn, Phenix City, or Opelika summer, your air conditioner will be working around the clock. Without annual AC service, it will not perform optimally. It will lose efficiency and have a shorter lifespan. It will also be at risk for costly air conditioner repairs.
To learn more ways to keep your cooling system in the game, visit the cooling experts at Sensigreen Mechanical or call (334) 528-0765.