The heat is strong this summer, and that means your central air system is working hard – which comes at a cost. But did you know that a central air conditioning system can help save energy if used properly? Read on to learn some of our top tips for caring for your central AC in a way that can increase your home’s energy efficiency and lower your AC bills.
Make your central air work smarter
Here are some tips to maximize energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption:
Set the thermostat wisely: Setting your thermostat at a moderate temperature that is comfortable but not excessively cool can make a big difference for your cooling costs. For many people, a recommended temperature of around 78 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer is a good happy medium. Avoid setting it significantly lower than necessary, as each degree of cooling can increase energy usage by 6-8%. At the same time, if your comfort thrives only at a much cooler temperature, there are still other tips you can take advantage of, to help counteract the cost of a lower preferred temperature.
Use smart or programmable thermostats: Install a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature based on your schedule. This allows you to raise the temperature when you’re away from home and cool it down before you return, reducing energy consumption.
Maintain your system: Regularly replace air filters to ensure proper airflow. Dirty filters restrict airflow, forcing the system to work harder and consume more energy. Additionally, schedule professional maintenance annually to check for any issues and optimize performance.
Utilize zoning systems: If your central air conditioning system allows for it, consider implementing zoning systems. This allows you to cool specific areas of your home as needed, rather than cooling the entire house uniformly. By directing airflow where it’s needed, you can save energy by not cooling unused spaces.
Use ceiling fans: Supplement your central air system with ceiling fans to circulate air. Fans create a “wind-chill effect,” making you feel cooler without lowering the thermostat. This allows you to set your thermostat at a higher temperature while still maintaining comfort.
Keep doors and windows sealed: Ensure that doors and windows are properly sealed to prevent cool air from escaping and warm air from entering. Use weatherstripping or caulk to seal any gaps or cracks.
Utilize natural ventilation: Take advantage of cooler evening temperatures by opening windows and allowing fresh air to circulate. This can reduce the need for air conditioning during mild weather conditions.
Install energy-efficient equipment: If you’re considering upgrading your central air conditioning system, opt for energy-efficient models. A new, high-efficiency air conditioning system could cut your annual cooling costs in half—and eliminate the expense and frustration of breakdowns—while keeping your home more comfortable, no matter how high the mercury soars. Contact Rucci for fair prices on air conditioning equipment and related services.
By following these tips, you can maximize the energy efficiency of your central air conditioning system and reduce your energy consumption.
Rucci has your cool comfort covered
Whatever comfort or fuel needs you have for your home or business, Rucci is ready to help. Service is what it’s all about—and what we’ve been about since our founding. If you’re looking for a reliable HVAC company, please contact us to become a customer, and we’ll show you our smart solutions for staying comfortable—and for saving money on energy all year round.