Your air conditioner can be a big help when it's hot outside, but it can also be a source of stress if it succumbs to wear and tear and ends up with the need for repairs. By taking steps to increase energy efficiency with your home, you can decrease the wear and tear that's put on your air conditioning system because it won't have to work so hard to keep temperatures comfortable inside. Consider implementing these ideas:
Spiff up Your Windows
An excellent way to improve air conditioning performance as well as reduce wear and tear is to spiff up your windows, so they insulate your overall home better. Start by sealing any leaks and cracks in the frames with caulking or spray foam insulation. Once applied and dried, sand the sealed areas down and give the frames a new coat of paint for a nice finish. Sealed windows will provide better humidity control throughout your home and reduced noise pollution from the outdoors.
Improve your windows' insulation performance even further by installing shades on them. When properly installed, window shades provide excellent energy savings and can help reduce heat gain in the summer, so your air conditioner doesn't struggle to maintain comfortable temperatures indoors. Dual shades typically offer the greatest efficiency performance. They feature a reversible design that is reflective on one side and heat absorbent on the other – the reflective side should face outward in the summer and inward in the winter. Roman dual shades are an effective option as they act as both a wind barrier and insulator.
Use a Cooling Timer
Installing a programmable thermostat will allow you to save money on energy costs because you won't have to run your system on full blast even when you're out and about just to keep things cools inside when you get home. Program your air conditioner to work at higher temperatures while you're away from home, so the system doesn't have to work very hard. Program cooler temperature functions for times when you are expecting to be indoors. You should keep your air conditioner running at all times unless you're going on vacation, as this will help minimize wear and tear on your air conditioner's compressor.
In addition to incorporating these easy methods, it's a good idea to have your air conditioner inspected by a professional once a year right before summer. This process will help ensure that everything is in good working order, and will enable you to take care of any small issues before they become too serious or costly.
For more information on air conditioning, contact a company like Ron Hammes Refrigeration.