One of the most efficient ways to cool your home is with a central air system. However, there are things you can do (or not do) that will lead it to become less efficient than it’s capable of. To make sure you’re getting the most out of your cooling system, make sure you’re keeping these things in mind.
Set the Perfect Temperature
They key to attaining comfort AND efficiency is to find the sweet spot on your thermostat. Too high and you’ll be hot and miserable; too low you’ll be paying a fortunate when your energy bill arrives. The desired temperature during the summer months is 78 degrees. However, you can go a degree or two lower if you need it to be a tad bit cooler.
Clean the Coils
A central air system has both indoor and outdoor coils. These coils will attract dust as they are constantly wet while the system is running during the summer. Inspect and clean both of these coils on a monthly basis as dirty coils is the most common reason for poor efficiency. The indoor coil will usually become dirtier than the outdoor one due to excessive dust, so you may want to inspect this one twice per month.
Help Your System Out
Your cooling system also relies on your actions in order to be efficient, so while you do need to maintain it, you also need to assist it. Keep blinds and curtains drawn closed on sun-facing windows, keep doors and windows closed when it’s hot outside, and add weatherstripping to leaky doors and windows. You should also consider using heat-emitting appliances during the nighttime when it’s cooler (like the oven, stove, dryer, etc.).
Central air systems are extremely efficient, but there are things you can do to take their efficiency to the next level! When your cooling system needs service, repair, or replacement, contact Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.