How to Take Advantage of Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency 04/05/2016 Spring has arrived on the calendar, but that doesn't mean we won't have unanticipated warm days. It's never the wrong time of year to take a closer look at your air conditioner efficiency. There are some basic things that can be done to fully receive the benefits of your air conditioner's efficiency and increase the life of your system. Change Your Air Conditioner Filter Changing your air conditioner filter seems to always appear on these lists because it's so crucial. Energy Star suggests switching your filter every month. The frequency in which you change your filter will depend on your filter type and your system. Some filters last more than others. Check your filters every month and get a sense of how often your filters need changed out. A clean filter will keep air flowing freely in your home which will not only improve your air quality, but also helps your system operate more efficiently. Dust and build-up in your system can cause your system to work harder and may lead to a shorter lifetime for your system. Be Sure Your Ducts Are Sealed Properly Ducts distribute air throughout your home and if they have any leaks, holes or poor connections, you might have a lot of energy being wasted. Not only that, but they might be making your home less comfortable. If you are not sure your ducts are sealed well, we can help. Utilize a Programmable Thermostat A programmable thermostat can decrease your heating costs as well as your cooling costs. Heating and cooling your home while you're away is wasteful, so why pay to keep your home comfortable when you're not home? There are a handful of different models of programmable thermostats to pick from, so pick the one that best meets your lifestyle needs. Set Up Your Annual Tune-Up When your air conditioner isn’t having any issues it’s easy to forget that it benefits from an annual tune-up and maintenance check. Annual air conditioner tune-ups keep your air conditioner operating efficiently and might extend the life of your system. Zoned Heating and Cooling A zoned heating and cooling system provides you individual control over different zones of your home using multiple programmable thermostats. This will not only keep you more comfortable, but also save you on energy expenses. Heating and cooling accounts for half of the energy used in your home. Together we can work to be sure your heating and cooling system is running at peak efficiency. If you haven’t arranged your air conditioner service for the year or have any questions related to your home comfort system, set up an appointment with us online or give us a call at 314-838-9800.