Don’t you love that feeling when you finally switch over the thermostat from heating to cooling? So do we! With spring in the air and winter behind us, it’s time to think about the working condition of your Birmingham home’s air conditioner, both in terms of AC repair or seasonal servicing. So what can you do to get the most out of your air conditioner without raising your monthly energy costs? Norrell Service Experts has a few insights:
- Turn it up – when you first turn on your air conditioner, take a few days to test out a number of temperatures to find where you feel the most comfortable. Begin by setting your thermostat to a temperature that you might think is a tad too high. Then, make small incremental changes until you get to a temperature where you feel comfortable. Keeping your thermostat set higher can keep your air conditioner from continually running, saving you money over time. The longer your air conditioner is working, the more energy you're using—and the more money you're spending. Even one degree warmer can make a big impact in the cost of your monthly energy bills, so take time to fiddle around with it.
- Consider the humidity – when you realize how much you can save, it can be tempting to grit your teeth and deal with the heat by completely turning off your air conditioner. However, what can easily be overlooked is that air conditioners can help dehumidify your home in addition to cooling it. So if humidity is an annoyance for you, be sure to think twice before turning off your air conditioner.
- Keep it serviced – every time we talk about energy savings and efficiency, the importance of air conditioner service cannot be stressed enough. Keeping your air conditioner serviced ensures that all the pieces of your system are in working order before you begin using it heavily. Preventative maintenance is one of the most crucial steps to your system working efficiently and keeping major AC repair at bay.
- Double team – using fans along with your air conditioner is a great way to keep your home cooler and keep the air moving. Norrell Service Experts recommends tag-teaming to allow you to keep your air conditioner from running as often, and that diminished usage can create savings. It can also potentially help keep your home comfortable enough to raise your thermostat a degree or two.
Keeping your home comfortable when it gets hot in Birmingham isn’t as tough as it may seem. And it doesn’t have to be so expensive either. Luckily for you, there are a number of ways that you can maintain or improve your comfort while also attempting to lessen your monthly energy costs. Whether you have questions about AC repair and air conditioner service or would like to know more about energy efficiency, contact your local Birmingham HVAC experts at Norrell Service Experts to learn more.