The weather stays fairly mild near the coast, but in Escondido and other cities further inland, our hilly landscape can make for some warm days during the summer. You’ll likely use your air conditioner a great deal in the coming months, which invariably means higher energy bills. But just because you have to pay more to run your air conditioner during the hot summer months doesn’t mean you should pay more than is necessary. By improving your air conditioner’s efficiency this spring, you can pay dividends with lower energy bills once the temperature starts to rise.
Schedule a Maintenance Session
Maintenance sessions are a sort of tune-up for your air conditioner: not strictly a repair job, but rather a check to ensure that everything it running the way it should. That includes dealing with little issues like worn bolts, loose fittings and dusty components, as well as watching for signs of bigger problems on the horizon. Most serious repair issues show signs of trouble well before an actual breakdown occurs and a maintenance session lets the technician spot them and schedule a repair session to fix them before the summer begins.
More importantly, by addressing all those little issues, a maintenance session will improve the air conditioner’s efficiency considerably, meaning that you’ll spend less money than you might otherwise on monthly bills. Indeed, when applied regularly over time, maintenance sessions can lower wear and tear, and extend the life of your system well past its warranty date.
Look into AC Upgrades
Upgrades are additions to an existing air conditioner that can help improve efficiency as well as offering other features that make your HVAC system more useful. They can include.
- Thermostats. New smart thermostats can replace older, simpler digital models: offering programming features that take changing local conditions into account, as well as analyzing your cooling habits and making little adjustments to improve efficiency. Other thermostats allow you to control them with an app on your phone, meaning you’ll never
- Zone Control Systems. Larger homes can benefit from zone controls, which divide your house into sections and allow you to heat and cool each one independently of the rest. In addition to letting you set different temperatures in different parts of the house, zone controls permit you to turn off the air in parts of the home that go unoccupied during the day. That will cut down on your spending considerably, as well as sparing your system the wear and tear.
- Dehumidifiers. Mugginess and high humidity are a common problem here, and while air conditioners can address the problem in a limited fashion, they’re not designed for it. High humidity can add considerable strain to the system, as well as forcing it to run for longer periods of time. A whole-house dehumidifier will ease that strain – lowering monthly bills in the process – as well as allowing you to adjust humidity levels in your home to meet your specific tastes.
If like to improve your air conditioner’s functioning in your Escondido, CA home this summer, call on the pros at Aspen Cooling & Heating, Inc.