In St. George, Utah our air conditioners are essential. But keeping up with the heat can make for an expensive utility bill.
Balancing your air conditioner usage, temperature comfort, and your utility bill can seem like a daunting task. To help you stay cool this summer and avoid a huge utility bill we’ve compiled a list of 5 energy saving ideas.
1. Remember to Replace Your Air Filter
Spring and Summer can bring a lot of particles into your air system causing your air filter to become dirty. A dirty filter restricts air flow to your HVAC system, which can make it work harder and even cause it to malfunction.
Changing your air filter is an inexpensive way to ensure that your air conditioner isn’t overworking itself and driving up your energy bill.
2. Keep the Cool Air Inside
Before the heat of summer sets in look for cracks and spaces in your home where cool air may escape and seal it. The areas around your windows and doors are good places to check for air leaking to the outside.
Also be mindful of opening doors and windows in the Summer as it is a quick way to lose your air conditioned air and bring in the outside heat.
3. Use a Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat like a NEST or Ecobee is a great money saving investment. Smart thermostats learn your schedule and temperature preferences as you make adjustments to it throughout the week. Once your temperature preferences are learned it can start to adjust itself so that you are not running your air conditioner when it is not needed, but also ensure that you come home to a comfortable temperature.
4. Don’t Just Rely on Your Air Conditioner
Use fans and shades. Fans can enhance your air conditioners cool air by boosting the movement of the air throughout your home, lessening the burden on your air conditioner. Using your shades or curtains to block out the hot sunlight during the day can also help to cool your home.
5. Yearly Routine Maintenance
Air Conditioner manufacturers recommend yearly maintenance to ensure the longevity of your HVAC system. We offer a 20 point signature air conditioner tune-up that includes checking, adjusting, and or cleaning the following:
- Blower Motor – measure amperage and voltage for proper operation
- Thermostat – test for proper operation, calibrate and level
- Change air filter (non-standard filters cost extra)
- Bearing – inspect for wear and lubricate
- Inspect indoor coil
- Condensate Drain – flush and treat with anti-algae
- Inspect Condenser Coil
- Refrigerant – monitor operating pressures
- Safety Devices – inspect for proper operation
- Electrical Disconnect Box – inspect for proper rating and safe installation
- Electrical Wiring – inspect and tighten connections
- Test/Inspect contactors for burned, pitted contacts
- Inspect electrical for exposed wiring
- Inspect and test capacitors
- Inspect fan blade
- Clean condenser coil and remove debris
- Inspect service valves for proper operation
- Measure supply/return temperature differential
- Inspect ductwork for energy loss
- Compressor – monitor, measure amperage and volt draw and wiring connections
Consider a New Air Conditioner
If you have an older air conditioner or are just having trouble with your current unit consider the benefits of a new energy efficient model. A new energy efficient air conditioner is able to operate quieter and with less energy consumption than older models. Combine a new air conditioner with a smart thermostat and you’ll have the ideal solution for cost effective temperature control. Call the experts at Black Diamond Heating and Air and let us help you choose the right air conditioner for your home.