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Tips for Maximizing Energy Efficiency with a Central Air Conditioner

If you have a central air conditioner, you may be looking for ways to boost energy efficiency and save some money on your cooling costs as the summer approaches. We have some tips to help you. They include homeowner maintenance, professional maintenance, and even optimizing your thermostat settings to boost energy efficiency.

You can keep reading to learn more about how to boost energy efficiency of your central air conditioner as well as why you want to do so. Then give our team a call to schedule your service for central air in Milford, OH.

Standard AC Temperature Setting

First, we want to talk about the standard setting for cooling during the summertime. Experts say that you should not set your thermostat any lower than 78° for cooling in the summer. If you’re used to setting your thermostat lower, this can be a big adjustment. 

We recommend that you take it slow and adjust your thermostat up a single degree at a time over a period of several weeks. If you already set your thermostat at 78°, good work! This is a great way to save money on energy costs by reducing strain on your air conditioner.

Adjustment Recommendations

It’s also a good idea to adjust the thermostat up a little higher whenever you can. For example, if you go to work during the day, you can set the thermostat a few degrees higher so that you aren’t paying to cool an empty house. With a smart thermostat, you can automate this adjustment and set the temperature to lower back down to 78° again before you arrive back home from work.

Similarly, you can set your thermostat a little bit higher when you know that you will be asleep at night. Again, you can automate the temperature to change at specific times of the day. Utilizing a smart thermostat to take the guesswork out of these adjustments is the best way to boost energy efficiency. You don’t have to remember to adjust your thermostat up and down at different times since your thermostat can complete the changes automatically.

Additional Tips 

It’s also a good idea to check insulation and window seals. Insulation is what helps to keep cool air inside of your home so that it doesn’t escape. You also want to check around your windows and doors for any cracks that allow air to escape. Make repairs to seals ensures that more of your air conditioning is staying in your home.

This can lighten the load on your air conditioner since more of the cooler is staying inside of the walls of your home. Your HVAC unit can maintain a more consistent temperature without overworking to produce the results you expect. 

Shafer Heating & Cooling, LLC: You are just one call away from the comfort and savings you deserve! Schedule an appointment today for your indoor air quality appointment.

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