How to Take Advantage of Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency 04/05/2016Spring has shown itself on the calendar, but that doesn't mean we won't have unanticipated warm days. It's never the wrong time of year to take notice of your air conditioner efficiency. There are some basic things that can be done to fully reap the bonuses of your air conditioner's efficiency and boost the life of your system. Change Your Air Conditioner FilterSwapping your air conditioner filter seems to always show up on these lists because it's so essential. Energy Star suggests swapping your filter every month. The frequency in which you exchange your filter will depend on your filter type and your system. Some filters last much longer. Look at your filters every month and get a sense of how often your filters need switched out. A clean filter will keep air flowing freely in your home which will not only increase your air quality, but also helps your system run more efficiently. Dust and build-up in your system may cause your system to work harder and may lead to a shorter lifetime for your system.Make Sure Your Ducts Are Sealed ProperlyDucts distribute air throughout your home and if they have any leaks, holes or poor connections, you can have a lot of energy being wasted. Not only that, but they may be making your home less comfortable. If you are not sure your ducts are sealed well, we can help.Utilize a Programmable ThermostatA programmable thermostat can lessen your heating costs as well as your cooling costs. Heating and cooling your home while you're away is wasteful, so why pay to keep your home comfortable when you're gone? There are a few different models of programmable thermostats to pick from, so pick the one that best suits your lifestyle needs.Set Up Your Annual Tune-UpWhen your air conditioner isn’t having any problems it’s easy to forget that it can be even better with an annual tune-up and maintenance check. Annual air conditioner tune-ups keep your air conditioner running efficiently and could extend the life of your system.Zoned Heating and CoolingA zoned heating and cooling system gives you individual control over different zones of your home taking advantage of multiple programmable thermostats. This will not only keep you more comfortable, but also save you on energy expenses. Heating and cooling accounts for half of the energy used in your home. Together we can work to make sure your heating and cooling system is working at top efficiency. If you haven’t scheduled your air conditioner service for the year or have any questions about your home comfort system, schedule an appointment with us online or give us a call at 503-848-3838.