When I moved into my first place, I couldn't believe how dirty everything was all the time. I found myself dusting and mopping continuously, only to deal with a fresh layer of grime later. After awhile, I realized that the problem was blowing straight out of my air ducts. My ventilation lines were so dirty that it was spreading grime through my house every single time the air clicked on. Fortunately, I called an HVAC contractor who was able to clean my vents to a gleaming shine. I know how big of a difference cleaning up your ventilation system can make, which is why I want to spread the word.
When the sweltering months of summer approach, you know your home's central air conditioning system will be running round-the-clock to keep your space cool and comfortable. Along with that, you can expect your electricity costs to increase. Nobody wants to spend more than necessary to keep their home cool, and the good news is that there are a few simple, yet effective ways you can go about minimizing your cooling costs this summer.
Have Your HVAC System Tuned Up
Start by scheduling a comprehensive air conditioning inspection sometime during the spring. Any reputable HVAC company will be able to come out and perform this service, which will alert you to any potential repairs that may need to be done before summer hits. Many inspections also include a tune-up, which will make sure that your home's air conditioning unit is in prime condition to run as efficiently as possible all summer long.
Replace Air Filters Regularly
Another task that you won't want to let slip your mind is that of replacing your HVAC air filters regularly. Otherwise, they can become clogged with dirt and debris, which can have a negative impact on the efficiency of your system (as well as detract from your indoor air quality). Most filters should be changed about once every 90 days, so stay on top of it!
Invest in Blackout Curtains
On especially hot and sunny days, having true blackout curtains covering your windows can prevent the sun's rays from further warming up your home, especially during the brightest times of the day. Blackout curtains are inexpensive, easy to install, and can also help to "trap" cool air in your home--so you may find that you don't need to run your AC unit quite as often to stay comfortable.
Mind Your Landscaping
Throughout the summer, check to make sure that none of the landscaping around your outdoor central AC unit has become overgrown to the point of creating an obstruction of the unit itself. Keeping branches and bushes trimmed back will help to keep the unit running efficiently and allow for proper ventilation as well.
Saving money on your home cooling costs doesn't have to be complicated. These are all relatively simple steps that any homeowner can take to maximize the efficiency of their home's AC units without having to sacrifice comfort in the process. Be sure to give these a try for yourself to see what works, or for more tips, contact local air conditioning services.