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Tips for Improving Air Conditioner Efficiency

tips-improving-air-conditioner-efficiencyOne of the most common questions we get in regards to air conditioning systems is how homeowners can improve their system’s efficiency in order to lower their cooling costs. Considering how uncomfortably warm it can get, and how long our summers last, it’s only natural that you, too, may wonder this.

The good news is, there are a number of professional air conditioner services throughout Mustang, OK that will help with this, including routine maintenance to help prevent repairs and lower your bills. There are also HVAC and indoor air quality products that will help with this as well. Additionally, simple things like adjusting your thermostat a few more degrees higher than normal, and ensuring you change your air filter every 1-3 months, will help improve efficiency. Today, we want to tell you about a couple of systems in particular we recommend investing in.

Consider a Dehumidifier

When the relative humidity in the air rises above 50%, there is too much ambient moisture to let the sweat evaporate off your skin. This makes the air feel hotter than it actually is, which is not only uncomfortable but unhealthy, too. Air conditioners do remove some moisture from your air by default, but not enough to be truly effective, as they aren’t designed for this purpose. Plus, too high of humidity increases the stress on your air conditioner, causing it to operate inefficiently.

So how does a whole-house dehumidifier help? Well, it allows you to set humidity levels to a comfortable setting, and ensures that you rid your home of the muggy environment that can make you ill and cause mold to develop. In addition, it takes that extra stress we just mentioned off of your cooling system and enables it to do its job much more effectively and efficiently, saving you money on monthly bills and reducing the risk of a serious cooling system breakdown.

Install a Zone Control System

This is a great option for a larger home, where an air conditioning system can struggle to cool the air evenly, therefore causing a lot of wasted energy. A zone control system involves a series of dampers placed at strategic locations within your ductwork, dividing the home into sections: zones.

Each of the zones can be cooled—or heated—individually. This allows you to set different temperatures in different rooms to match the individual tastes of your home’s occupants. This also means that you can turn off the conditioned air in unused portions of your home, like guest rooms or currently unoccupied bedrooms, during the day, while still using it in parts of the home that you’re occupying. This saves you energy, efficiency, and money.

Never Underestimate Professional Maintenance!

As we mentioned above, maintenance is an important part of improving your air conditioner’s efficiency. This service should be scheduled at least once a year—twice a year if you have a heat pump—for your air conditioner. During your maintenance appointment, our professionals will fully clean dirty components, tighten and adjust whatever components need it, and perform other important tasks that will help it function at its best all summer long, and beyond.

At Comfort Incorporated, we keep your family safe, healthy and comfortable–call today, service today!

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