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5 Tips for Improving Your AC’s Efficiency

Your HVAC has a single job – to maintain the temperature inside your home to your preferences. When it comes to cooling your home, your AC unit works hard to bring indoor temperatures and humidity down to a comfortable level. But is your AC working against other factors? Learn how you can improve the efficiency of your AC in five simple steps. Then give us a call for Trane or other model AC services in Bucks County, PA home.

Check Your Insulation

When HVAC can cool down the air in your home all day long. But if the cool air is escaping due to a lack of insulation, your unit will be working harder than it needs to. Insulation also serves to keep hot air out of your home when you’re trying to lower the temperature. The most common place to check for insulation is your attic. An expert can assess the amount of insulation you have and make a recommendation for blowing more insulation. 

Change Air Filters Regularly

You should change your air filters monthly on average. However, you can check your filters regularly to get an idea of how dirty they are. If your filter looks like it needs to be changed, don’t put off getting a new filter. Clean filters help your HVAC work more efficiently by using less energy. As the filters get clogged with dust, dirt, and allergens, your unit has to work harder to draw air in through the filter. 

There are many types of air filters on the market, and each home’s needs are unique. Talk to an expert about what type of filter to get for your HVAC unit. You can also ask if your thermostat has a reminder setting for the air filter. If it does, you can set a reminder to change your filter at the interval of your choice. 

Ensure Vents are Clear

You see the vents in your home day in and day out. It’s easy to forget that they have a very important purpose. Placing boxes or furniture in front of air vents can make your HVAC unit work harder. These items can block airflow into and out of your unit, changing the temperature of air around your home. Your unit may begin to work harder to cool your home to make up for the blocked vents. Rearranging furniture and ensuring your vents are clear can make a huge difference in energy use. 

Keep Your Air Vents Clean and Clear

Even though you have air filters, dust and dirt still find their way into your vents. Make it a regular cleaning practice to wipe down the inside and outside of the air vents in your home. You may be tempted to close off vents around your home in an attempt to control the airflow. Maybe you have one room in particular that you want to be cooler. Resist the urge to close off any air vents. If your HVAC isn’t cooling to meet your needs, talk to an expert. We can offer advice for how to improve airflow without closing vents around your home. 

Schedule AC Maintenance

Don’t put off regular AC maintenance. An HVAC expert can identify small problems before they turn into big ones. When you improve efficiency in the short term, you also extend the life of your unit. This saves money on your monthly energy bills and also prevents you from having to replace the entire unit. 

Carney Plumbing Heating & Cooling does what’s right for our customers. Schedule an appointment today for AC maintenance to improve your AC’s efficiency.

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