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5 No-Cost Ways to Improve Air Conditioning Efficiency

Do you want to get the most out of your HVAC system? This guide to improving air conditioning efficiency will save you money.

You’ve heard of being “hangry” – when you’re so hungry that you get angry. But what about when you’re so hot that you feel angry? If you’ve ever had an inefficient AC system you know this emotion all too well!

But you don’t have to live that way anymore! Here are 5 ways to improve your air conditioning efficiency for exactly $0!

1. Vacuum/Dust Vents

Your indoor vents can get clogged with dust and debris. So the next time you’re doing a deep cleaning of your home, don’t forget to clean the air conditioning vents. This will help your HVAC system run at maximum efficiency and keep you cool all summer long.

And as long as you’re cleaning up, double-check that your vents aren’t blocked by furniture or clutter. If the vents are blocked the cold air isn’t being circulated to the whole room.

2. Adjust the Thermostat

If you’re looking to save money on your AC bill, consider bumping the thermostat up by a few degrees during the day. If you know you’ll be out of the house, adjust the thermostat before you leave so that it isn’t running for an empty house.

Adjusting the thermostat and controlling the temperature inside will help you reduce your total energy bill. If you don’t notice a change or your energy bill continues to rise there could be an issue with your HVAC system. Call an HVAC repair company to help identify and fix the problem – here’s more info on hiring an HVAC company.

3. Use the Dryer and Oven Strategically

You might think that your AC isn’t operating efficiently but the true culprit could be your dryer or oven. On warm days you can avoid using the dryer and oven to keep the house cooler.

When you use the dryer, warm air is drawn into the room. When you use your oven it naturally emits warm air. Your AC will have to work double-time to make up for those additional sources of heat

4. Clean/Change the Air Filter

Part of regular HVAC maintenance is changing the air filters. Dirty filters cause restricted airflow which means your AC isn’t as efficient as it could be. It also reduces the quality of the air you’re breathing inside your home. 

Take a look at the air filter and see if you can clean it with a towel. If not, it might be time to replace the air filter.

5. Clean the Condenser

The condenser is the outdoor unit connected to your AC. The condenser can stand up to most environmental factors but it works best when it’s in a clear, shaded place. You can improve your AC efficiency by removing branches, grass, or outdoor furniture away from the condenser.

You can also clean the condensed to remove dust and debris. If you don’t feel comfortable cleaning the condenser, you can call an HVAC service to provide full maintenance. 

Save Money by Improving Your Air Conditioning Efficiency 

Try these 5 strategies to improve your air conditioning efficiency. And then start brainstorming what you’re going to do with all the money you’re going to save!

If you suspect an issue with your HVAC system that you cannot fix, call a professional. 

And if you’re ready for your next home improvement project, check out the other home and garden blogs!