Every year, air conditioning makes up 12% of the average home’s total energy consumption. It pays for homeowners to strive for cooling efficiency in their Nashville, TN, homes. Here are a few helpful tips for staying as economical as possible.
Replace the Air Filters
Filters trap pollutants like dust and dirt so that they don’t enter your AC’s internal components and wreak havoc on them. Of course, filters can only trap so much before they start hindering airflow through the return vent of your central air conditioner. This is why they must be replaced regularly.
How often you need to change your filter depends on the type you own. Most AC-equipped homes use pleated filters, which typically last 60 to 90 days. In homes with pets, it’s advisable to replace the filters more frequently due to excess dander.
Schedule Cooling Maintenance
Getting regular HVAC maintenance from a professional company is the most crucial step that a homeowner can take. A malfunctioning AC unit is an inefficient AC unit. This will only raise your energy bills while delivering worse and worse results. Schedule a cooling maintenance appointment this spring to get your unit ready for those hot summer days.
Add or Upgrade Insulation
Though your AC may run fine, your home itself may not be energy efficient. Insulation boosts efficiency, so you may want to check your insulation levels in the attic and walls. Consider its R-value: its resistance to heat flow. If it’s too low for the kind of climate we experience in Tennessee, you may want to upgrade to something with a higher R-value.
Seal Up Drafts
Nashville residents should seal up any drafts in their windows and doors; otherwise, warm air will quickly seep in through these drafts in summer and cause the AC to work harder than it needs to.
Licensed and Insured Technicians
Busy Bee Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning is here to provide AC maintenance for your home. If you live in Nashville and want to schedule a consultation, call us today!
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