Now that chilly weather is here to stay in San Jose, most people will start really thinking about not using your air conditioner as much for the season. With that flip of the switch comes new thoughtfulness both for your comfort and for your wallet.
Energy efficiency universally affects everyone who runs a furnace or air conditioner and also has an effect on the environment depending on the efficiency of the system. So when you’re watching for little ways to make a big impact on the energy efficiency of your air conditioner this time of year, ponder these tips:
- Filters: likely the most forgotten simple fix to help impact the energy efficiency of your air conditioner, swapping out filters as recommended not only helps the air flow more freely, but it can also help you keep your indoor air quality up to par.
- Thermostat settings: adjusting your thermostat a few degrees warmer than normal is a very simple way to save a few dollars. Comfort is still important, but you may be surprised what a couple degrees warmer can do for your energy costs.
- Programmable thermostat: don’t feel like continually adjusting your thermostat before you head out the day or when you know you won’t be home for a bit? Programmable thermostats can provide you with savings by keeping your home warmer when you’re gone or when you’re sleeping and the temperature isn’t as crucial.
- Weatherstripping: whether it’s around your doors or windows, weatherstripping can help keep cool air from getting out 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 on the search for no matter whether it’s furnace season or air conditioning season. These couple tips are a perfect place to start so you can transition to the new season while still working to improve the efficiency of your air conditioner and possibly save a few dollars. If you’d like to know any more about these tips or are searching for a new air conditioner, give the team at American HVAC Inc a call at 408-215-1018.