It’s August, so we’re right in the middle of the hottest weather of the year. As a San Jose homeowner, is there anything you can do to help reduce energy costs and increase your air conditioner’s efficiency? Absolutely. Some of the things you can do won’t cost you a dime, while others will. For instance, having your air ducts thoroughly cleaned by professionals will cost you a bit, but you can replace your filters regularly to make sure your system has good airflow.
Below are a few things you can do that won’t cost much of anything, but will help tremendously when it comes to the efficiency of your air conditioning system.
Keep electronics or appliances that emit heat away from your A/C thermostat. Thermostats are responsible for keeping the temperature comfortable in your home. Any heat source located close to the thermostat (even a lamp, clothes iron, etc.) will make your system run longer, and therefore cost you more.
Plug any leaks in the air ducts. Ductwork may have gaps between joints, or holes. If you have a central HVAC system in your Bay Area home, be sure to seal any leaks or holes with duct sealing tape to ensure conditioned air isn’t escaping while being delivered to various rooms of your home.
Clean the air filters. While nearly every heating and cooling company in the San Francisco area recommends cleaning or changing air filters regularly, many homeowners still fail to take this one simple step. A dirty filter can become clogged, making your air conditioner work harder and use more energy to force air through a dirty filter. Clean or replace the filter for more efficient operation, and cleaner indoor air.
Clean the outdoor unit. Also commonly referred to as the condenser unit, it’s important to keep debris such as dirt, twigs, leaves, etc. off of this unit, as it can disrupt air flow to the unit. This results in the fan’s motor having to work harder to force air through the condenser coil. Clean the outdoor unit, and make sure the airflow isn’t restricted by leaves, brush, twigs, or even shrubs or other obstacles.
San Jose homeowners can do a lot at very little or no cost to improve air conditioning efficiency. Whether you have questions, need a new heating/cooling system installed, or are in need of repairs or maintenance, trust Ortiz Heating & Air Conditioning, your local San Jose HVAC experts, for all of your home comfort needs.