How to Take Advantage of Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency 04/05/2016 Now that spring has arrived, we’ll start enjoying a lot of warm days in Beaverton. It’s the perfect time to check your air conditioner’s efficiency. We have some basic ideas for you to thoroughly take advantage of the benefits of your air conditioner’s efficiency and increase its lifespan. Change Your Air Conditioner Filter 1.You’ve heard this many times, but changing your air conditioner’s filter is very important. Even ENERGY STAR® counsels changing it monthly. You may need to replace your filter more or less frequently, contingent on your manufacturer’s recommendation. If you monitor your filter each month, you’ll begin to figure out how often you should change it. Air will flow more freely around your house when you have a clean filter. You’ll experience improved air quality and improvements in air conditioner efficiency. Accumulation of dust and debris inside your system will make it work harder. More work could lead to a shorter lifespan for your system. Make Sure Your Ducts Are Sealed Properly If your ducts show any leaks, holes or poor connections, it’ll be harder for your system to efficiently move air throughout your house. And even though your air conditioner will be working overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you would prefer. If you are wondering how well-sealed your ducts are, talk to the professionals at Garoken Energy Co. Inc.. We can help. Install a Programmable Thermostat To lower your cooling costs, look into a programmable thermostat. Why waste money cooling your home when you aren’t even there? You can find an variety of different programmable thermostats and should have no challenges finding one that meets your lifestyle needs. Schedule Your Annual Tune-Up It’s not hard to forget the benefits of an annual tune-up when your air conditioner is operating properly. Yearly tune-ups have the ability to keep your air conditioner as efficient as possible and can help increase its lifespan. Zoned Heating If you want individual control over the temperature of different rooms in your home, a zoned heating and cooling system can do that with multiple programmable thermostats. This can help increase your air conditioner efficiency and save you money. Half of the energy used in your house goes to your heating and cooling, so efficiency is important. At Garoken Energy Co. Inc., we can help assure your heating and cooling system is working at its best. Call us today to schedule your annual air conditioner service or if you have any questions about your home comfort system. We can be reached at 503-848-3838, or you can set up an appointment with us online.