Make Use of Natural Ventilation
A home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system can account for up to half of its overall energy usage. One of the easiest ways to cut down on your electricity bill is by reducing your HVAC usage. However, this can be a difficult task during a Texas summer. By taking advantage of natural ventilation you can try to use your air conditioning as infrequently as possible. After the sun has gone down, turn off your cooling system and open windows on either sides of your home. This will allow a breeze to roll through the house.
If the outdoor air is still too warm, you can make use of indoor floor or ceiling fans. The circulation of air doesn’t actually cool a room, but the sensation of moving air against your skin can make it feel several degrees cooler.
Keep Your HVAC System Maintained
The more efficient your cooling system is, the less energy it will use. Regular maintenance ensures your air conditioner is working at maximum efficiency and saving you money. Be sure to check your air filter every month, replacing it whenever it looks dirty. Most households can safely change their filter every other month, but owners with pets or other additional sources of allergens might have to clean or replace their AC filters each month.
A professional HVAC technician should perform a tune-up of your system at least once per year. During maintenance they can examine thermostat settings, electrical connections and refrigerant levels to ensure your air conditioning system is working at peak efficiency. A skilled air conditioning technician can also spot potential problems before they leave you without AC in the middle of summer.
Upgrade Your Appliances
If any of your current appliances are too old or are in need of serious repair, they could be costing you extra on your electric bill. Inefficient HVAC systems and large appliances use more energy than necessary to complete the same job. ENERGY STAR®-certified products are a popular choice for homeowners looking to cut down on their electricity usage. In addition to ductless HVAC units and energy-efficient clothes washers, efficient building and office equipment is also available. The federal government even offers tax credit incentives to those who purchase energy-efficient appliances for their home!
Trusted AC Company in San Antonio
IKE’S Air Conditioning Company has been providing high-quality air conditioning installation, maintenance and repair services since 1972. Whether you need to install a new HVAC system or just want a regular tune-up, we are with you every step of the way! Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.