Tired of sky-high electricity bills during the sweltering summer months? If so, then you may be wondering what low-cost steps you can take to improve the efficiency of your home's central air conditioning unit. Fortunately, there are numerous inexpensive (and even free!) changes you can make around your home that could add up to substantial savings on your summer electricity bills.
1. Keep Those Filters Clean
Do you change your HVAC air filter at least once every few months? If not, then you probably have a clogged or dirty air filter that's causing your air conditioning unit to work harder than it should need to. Not to mention, with a dirty air filter, you could also be detracting from your home's overall air quality. For just a few bucks at your local home improvement store and five minutes of your time, you can swap out that old air filter for improved air flow and quality.
2. Mind Your Landscaping
Take a minute to head outside to wherever your AC's central unit is located. Is there any overgrown landscaping around the unit itself? If so, then this could be causing an air obstruction that is likely affecting the overall performance and efficiency of your unit. Clear out those obstructions with a pair of gardening shears or a weed eater to maximize air circulation and performance.
3. Avoid Indoor Vent Obstructions
If you have any furniture blocking the indoor vents in your home, or if you have dirty return vents, this could also be impacting the efficiency of your air conditioning unit and causing your system to work harder than it needs to. Take some time to dust or vacuum out air return vents and move any large furniture that may be blocking the vents in your home. You may be surprised at what a difference this can make.
4. Insulate Indoor Ductwork
Is there any exposed HVAC ductwork in your home? Often times, you can find this in basements and sometimes in attics. If there is any ductwork exposed in your home, consider wrapping it in insulation or having a professional do this for you. This inexpensive project can help maximize efficiency and save you money in the long run!
Nobody wants to spend more than they need to on cooling their home. By following these simple tips and tricks, you can improve AC efficiency and possibly shave some money off your electric bills in the process. Contact a company like Allied Mechanical & Electrical, Inc. for more information and assistance.