Top AC Tips for This Summer
Summer is officially here and Dial One Johnson Plumbing, Cooling & Heating is ready to keep you cool. We know firsthand you’re probably going to be running your air conditioning a lot over the next few months, and we are here to help you maximize your home comfort without spending a crazy about of money. Keep reading for our top summer AC tips, and make sure to call our HVAC experts for all your air conditioning needs.
Top 5 Summer AC Tips:
- Adjust Your Thermostat Accordingly: A lot of people assume that when you turn your AC on during the summer months, you should lower your thermostat, too. But this is not necessarily the case. Experts estimate that the ideal thermostat temperature for the summer months is somewhere around 78 degrees. The reason? Balance. You will already see rising cooling costs with your increased AC use. Keeping the thermostat at a higher setting will prevent your energy costs from getting out of control while also allowing your air conditioner to maintain a consistent temperature. Plus, by installing a smart, programmable thermostat, you may actually be able to customize the needs of your specific household.
- Use Your Ceiling Fans: We understand that when the midday heatwave sets in, using a ceiling fan is not an option—in fact, when temperatures crawl high enough, resisting AC use is actually a health hazard. However, you can save a lot of money by using ceiling fans and letting your AC rest at night, or on days when it is uncharacteristically cool out. Using fans also helps to save money, allowing you to raise your thermostat setting by as much as four degrees and creating a wind-chill effect that will keep you comfortable without the extra cost.
- Seal Up Leaks & Cracks: Did you know that every year, Americans lose as much as 30% of their cooling power because of cracks and leaks in their home? This may include ductwork leaks, which let your air out before it has a chance to evenly spread throughout your place, or openings in cracks and doors that waste your cool air—so you experience higher AC bills without any of the benefit. Consider caulking or weather-stripping loose openings in your home to prevent this from happening as much as possible, and also calling a professional to inspect your ductwork. Remember, a gap that is an eighth of an inch lets out the same amount of air that you would lose in a hole that is over two inches, so sealing up as many openings in your home as possible is always a good idea.
- Let Your AC Run During the Day: Most people turn their air conditioner off when they leave their house to go to work for the day, or step out to run an errand. This isn’t always a good idea. Although it may sound counterintuitive if you’re trying to lower your cooling costs, keeping your AC unit on can actually help maintain a consistent temperature in your home, so you will not have to use more cooling power to make your space comfortable later. It works like this: if you keep your AC at a sensible setting like 72 degrees or even a little bit higher, your home will already be the perfect temperature when you come home on a long, hot day. If you return home, turn your AC on, and automatically crank it as low as it will go, it will have to work harder to cool your space, meaning you receive less comfort for more energy. Letting your AC run during hot summer days will allow you to balance temperatures better with your thermostat, evenly cool your house, and keep your energy bills at a reasonable level all summer long.
- Call a Technician Early & Often: If you start to notice your AC cycling on and off, failing to cool your home, leaking, emitting strange smells/odors, or even failing to turn on altogether, make sure to call a skilled air conditioning technician ASAP. Waiting to deal with air conditioning problems will usually just make things worse in the long run, and may force you to pay for expensive repairs or even replace your unit altogether. Call our AC experts at Dial One Johnson, including for emergency service, and we promise to get your AC system up and running again before you know it.