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4 Best AC Practices for Increasing Energy Efficiency in Your Home

air-conditioner-money-saverSavvy homeowners know that the best way to cut costs is by reducing their bills. Naturally, running your air conditioning system as efficiently as possible is one way to save a little extra every month.

Many efficiency issues can be resolved from the very outset—your HVAC contractor in Bellevue, WA should install a unit that works best for your needs.

But after that, the rest is up to you and how you choose to run your unit. Here are four things you can do to increase energy efficiency in your home.

Install a Zone Control System

If you don’t have an AC installed yet, make sure to ask about installing it with zone control. Many homes are susceptible to warm and cool spots, and zone control will ensure that you can individually set the temperature in those rooms.

Alternatively, you can also use zone control for maximizing efficiency. Rather than focusing on equalizing the temperature in your home, use a zone control system to restrict air flow to unused rooms. The garage, unused guestrooms, and basements are just a few examples.

Program Your Thermostat Wisely

A programmable thermostat is a huge advantage for maintaining efficiency. It might cost a little extra upfront, but the savings will make up for it.

A few ways to use a programmable thermostat include:

  • Programming the AC to stay off when no one’s home, but letting it turn on at a set time.
  • Scheduling a heating or cooling routine to match the season.
  • Letting it do all the work for you, so you won’t forget to change the settings.

Another variation of the programmable thermostat are the smart Wi-Fi thermostats. These can be controlled through the computer or an app on your smartphone. Going to be out later than you expected? Simply open your app and reschedule your cooling or heating times.

Keep Up With Regular Maintenance

Broken or malfunctioning units correlate directly to increased energy output (not to mention the risk of needing unnecessary repairs or replacements). An AC unit that doesn’t function properly will work overtime to meet the demands of your thermostat, so it’s important to keep regular maintenance a priority.

Short-cycling—when your AC turns on and off far more than it’s supposed to—is one example of how a unit can be extremely wasteful in its energy consumption. It’s no coincidence that several causes of short-cycling can all be prevented through regular maintenance.

Install a Properly Sized Unit

In the past, it was thought that large and powerful AC units were essential to keeping a home cool. Now, we know it’s all about finding the right sized unit for a home.

Undersized units will have trouble cooling or heating the entire house, forcing it to run longer than it should have to. Oversized units, on the other hand, will cool the house too quickly, causing the system to short-cycle. In both cases, the AC will waste energy chasing the number on the thermostat.

Finding the balance between oversized and undersized is the key to maintaining efficiency. Part of your HVAC contractor’s job will be to inspect your home and do the math to determine the perfectly sized unit.

Looking to make your system more efficient? Contact S&L Mechanical Heating and Cooling today!

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