Now that colder weather is here to stay in Des Moines, most folks will start truly thinking about not using your air conditioner as much for the foreseeable future. With that flip of the switch comes new attention both for your comfort and for your wallet.
Energy efficiency universally impacts everyone who operates a furnace or air conditioner and also has an effect on the environment depending on the efficiency of the system. So when you’re looking for little ways to make a huge impact on the energy efficiency of your air conditioner this time of year, think about these tips:
- Filters: likely the most overlooked simple fix to help impact the energy efficiency of your air conditioner, changing filters as recommended not only helps the air flow more freely, but it could also help you keep your indoor air quality in check.
- Thermostat settings: dialing your thermostat a few degrees warmer than normal is a very basic way to save a few dollars. Comfort is still paramount, but you may be surprised what a few degrees warmer can do for your energy expenses.
- Programmable thermostat: don’t feel like constantly adjusting your thermostat before you head out the day or when you know you won’t be home for a while? Programmable thermostats can leave you with savings by keeping your home warmer when you’re away or when you’re sleeping and the temperature isn’t as critical.
- Weatherstripping: regardless if it’s around your doors or windows, weatherstripping can help keep cool air from escaping after you’ve already paid for it. Take a little time to walk around your home and check your windows and doors and figure out if they need to be re-caulked or need new weatherstripping.
Comfort is something we’re always looking for no matter whether it’s furnace season or air conditioning season. These few tips are a great place to start so you can transition to the new season while still working to increase the efficiency of your air conditioner and probably save a few bucks. If you’d like to know any more about these tips or are in the market for a new air conditioner, give the pros at Heartland Heating & Cooling a call at 515-344-3579.