With summer around the corner, you’re going to be using your AC to stay cool and comfortable in your Dayton-area home. That also means higher energy bills for the upcoming months. So, you want to make sure your AC is running at optimal efficiency. There are simple steps you can take to ensure AC efficiency. Here’s what to know.
Check the Air Filter
Perhaps the easiest task you can do as a homeowner to ensure peak AC efficiency this summer is to keep an eye on the air filter and change it before it gets too dirty. If the filter becomes too dirty, it reduces airflow across the blower and causes your AC to work harder. Be sure to choose a good filter to keep dirt and debris off of vital AC parts, which can reduce AC efficiency too.
Check the Supply Vents and Return Registers
Take a look around your home at all of the air-supply vents and the return registers. Are they dusty and dirty? In addition to being unsightly, that debris can hinder airflow. Use a damp cloth to wipe clean all the vents and registers. For a deep cleaning, unscrew the vents and registers and clean behind them.
Check the Ductwork
If the ductwork in your home isn’t distributing airflow efficiently, it’s going to reduce AC efficiency as well. Listen for signs of duct problems, such as rattling and clamoring noises. These noises indicate air leaks that should be sealed up. Make sure airflow ventilation is even from all air-supply vents. Doors to rooms without return grilles shouldn’t be closed because it blocks return airflow.
Install a Programmable Thermostat
Your thermostat settings are very important to optimize AC efficiency. During sleeping hours, try turning up the thermostat setting as much as 10 degrees. The same goes for when no one is at home, such as during work hours. Turning up settings can help save a substantial amount on your energy bill.
To ensure you’re getting the best AC efficiency possible in your Dayton area-home, contact the AC professionals at Detmer and Sons today.