As temperatures begin to rise, you’ll want to be sure your air conditioning is operating at maximum efficiency. Beyond maintaining the basic operation of your A/C unit, there are several ways to reduce the load on your system, and ensure your home air temperature is optimal.
For example, opening window awnings or closing heavy drapery can help keep the heat out during the day. In the evening, open all the windows, which helps circulate the air during the night when it is cooler. This will make a significant difference in the temperature inside your home and will reduce the burden on your A/C. Also, a dehumidifier will lower moisture levels making the air inside your home feel more comfortable, while a ceiling fan will increase circulation, making rooms more bearable at higher temperatures.
To further reduce costs, consider localizing your central cooling so you can isolate and close doors to rooms that are not in frequent use. Also, reducing your use of heat generating major appliances such as your oven, cooktop, dishwasher, laundry machines and non-LED lighting will cut down on the ambient heat in your home. Examine your windows and ensure that the insulation is still tight. It can be a waste of resources to cool your home if the warm air is leaking inside from draughty areas. If you don’t have the time or aren’t handy around the house, have a friend or general contractor come take a look.
Once you have everything running smoothly, it's time to relax and appreciate your AC after spending a warm summer day enjoying the outdoors. Let's keep it cool!