For most homeowners in Arizona, the HVAC system is one of the biggest users of energy in the home, and it’s not hard to see why. Here are four easy ways you can improve your system’s energy efficiency this summer.
Clear Space Around Your Unit
An air conditioner or heat pump can’t run efficiently without good air flow. That’s why it’s so important to make sure that there are no plants, objects or debris within close distance of your system. Another key tip is to keep the outdoor unit in the shade if at all possible; that makes it easier to dissipate heat, improving overall efficiency.
Change or Clean Your Air Filter
There are a lot of reasons you want to make sure you’re using clean air filters, but energy efficiency is definitely one of them. If your system has a reusable filter, wash it with water and let it air dry completely before you put it back. If you have disposable filters, go to a factory authorized dealer for replacements instead of getting “one size fits all” filters from a hardware store.
Turn Up The Thermostat
Did you know every degree on your thermostat changes energy usage by about 8 percent? The average person can be comfortable anywhere from 76 to 79 degrees, so experiment and set your thermostat as high as you can. Using fans can help you stay cool and circulate air without turning the thermostat back down.
Invest In Professional Maintenance
The Arizona heat puts a ton of wear and tear on air conditioners in our area, and any maintenance issue can affect energy efficiency. Your best option is to have your system professionally maintained to ensure that any emerging problems are resolved quickly. A service agreement goes beyond energy efficiency: you get peace of mind. The Chandler Air team is here to help with all your HVAC system’s needs, from maintenance to repairs, so give us a call with any questions!