Even if it is a dry heat, when the temperature rises in Gilbert Arizona, it can get hot – plain and simple. Most homes have the necessity of a central air conditioning system to help keep things cool. It’s easy to take that wonderful appliance for granted, but there are things you can do to help your AC unit do its job. Here are four tips to help your air conditioner run more efficiently…and you may even save a little money along the way.
Check Your Fans
Even when your AC Unit is running, turning on your ceiling fans can help circulate that cool air throughout the room. It’s smart to check that your blades are turning in a counter-clockwise direction to help push air down closer to you. And, you can typically run a fan for about three dollars a day, so it’s affordable.
Check Your Filters
Most of us know to check our central air system filters twice a year at the change of seasons. However, the more you run your system, the more air goes through those filters. So, if the outside air is full of pollen or dust, it’s not a bad idea to keep an eye on your filter for excessive build up. Changing out the filter not only improves your indoor air quality, it helps your AC unit run more efficiently. Savings tip: buy a few air filters when they’re on sale and keep them on hand for quick maintenance anytime.
Check Your Windows
You likely know to keep your windows closed when you’re running your central AC unit. You may even know to keep those curtains closed and blinds down to keep the heat out. But many people in Gilbert Arizona have that one side of the house where the sun beats down through the window and with that comes more heat. First, check to be sure the window is well sealed. A quick addition of weather stripping or caulking can close up leaks and keep cool air inside (as well as warm air in the winter). Even better, you can add window tint or film to the inside of your windows to help block out the blaze of the sun and help keep your home cooler.
Call for a Checkup
If you’ve done the tips above but still find your AC system isn’t cooling the way it should, it’s time to call an HVAC service professional. Whether it’s a minor fix or a major repair, a professional can assess your entire system for leaks or other issues and get it back on track. The sooner you deal with any problems, the better.
Keep in mind, if your central air system is about ten years old, it may be time to consider a new AC unit. And, while an AC unit replacement is an investment, a more energy efficient model can save you money in the long run. Contact CentralAir.com if you’re not sure if you need a new unit or just a repair. We can send out a technician to inspect your situation.