Can Homeowners Make Their Air Conditioner More Energy Efficient?

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So far this summer we’ve had some really warm weather in the San Francisco Bay Area; in fact, it’s been super hot on several occasions! Whether you live in Hayward, San Jose, or another nearby city, you may be wondering if there are ways to help your air conditioner along in terms of energy-efficiency. Absolutely! You can enjoy increased comfort while lowering energy costs and keeping more of your hard-earned money in the bank. Our HVAC professionals have a few pointers we think you’ll appreciate.

First, use the ceiling fans in the rooms your family occupy. Ceiling fans help to push the cool air down to floor level, where your family lives. Circulating the air using ceiling fans helps you feel more comfortable by creating an effect similar to a “wind chill,” so you can set the temperature on your thermostat up a couple of degrees without feeling the difference in terms of comfort.

Don’t choose the cheapest air filter. Many San Francisco homeowners make this mistake, however a quality air filter makes all the difference, not only in terms of airflow, but also indoor air quality. Conditioned air must flow through the filter to remove dust, pollen, and other pollutants, but you don’t want to sacrifice when it comes to airflow. Instead of buying the cheapest air filter you can find, choose those providing a MERV value of between 7 and 13, or what is recommended by the manufacturer.

Make the switch to a “smart” thermostat. Today, homeowners are programming their thermostats from wherever they may be, whether on vacation, at work, or sleeping at night. Smart thermostats can even adapt to your family’s cooling habits and needs over time, adjusting automatically, according to your normal usage. No one wants to come home from a week’s vacation to a hot, uncomfortable home, but you don’t want to cool the house when no one is there for a long period either. Smart thermostats help solve these problems, so you enjoy comfort and energy savings.

These are a few easy steps you can take to make your air conditioner more efficient, but don’t forget the importance of regular check-ups and maintenance to ensure your A/C is performing at its best! At Ortiz Heating & A/C, comfort for Bay Area home and business owners is our number one priority, along with saving on energy costs. Never settle for less than the best!