August is here in California and, being one of the hottest months of the year, that means your air conditioner has it’s work cut out for it. Here are some ways you can make the air conditioner run a little easier this summer and save some money along the way!
Try setting your thermostat at 78 degrees minimum if you find it comfortable enough in your home. If you have a thermostat with a built-in schedule, set it to bump up the temperature to 85 degrees when you are away at work or out on the weekends. Try using your ceiling fans to help circulate the cool air and reduce the time that the air conditioner needs to run.
Try not to use your large appliances, including the stove, washer, and dryer, during the hottest hours of the day. Limit their use to the early morning or the evenings when the temperatures are cooler. Turn off appliances and electronics when they are not in use as this can save you around 2% on your utility bills.
Keep a schedule of when to change out the air filters in your air conditioner. This not only helps keep the air in your home cleaner, a dirty filter blocks the passage of air making the air conditioner work harder. This could lead to more wear and tear on the air conditioner or increase your bill amount. Having professional maintenance done is a great way to find potential risks of damage to your A/C equipment.
It is great to have natural light filtering into your home. But too much means heating up your home and increasing the amount of time your air conditioner runs during the day. Make sure you have window shades or solar screens to block out some of the heat during the day. Trees or shrubs planted along the exterior of the house provides cool shade not mention added beauty to your landscape.
These tips are a great way to reduce the heat this summer and save you money in the process. If your air conditioner seems to run inefficiently despite attempts to improve it, give All Temperature Air a call at (951) 425-4084. Our team of air conditioning technicians can take care of any A/C problem in San Bernardino, CA. We will help you determine the best solution to get your air conditioner up and running reliably again.
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