Here in Shreveport, Louisiana, the hot, humid weather makes air conditioning a necessity even in fall. Fortunately, you can save money, lower your utility bills, and prevent expensive, inconvenient breakdowns easily. Keep your AC working efficiently by using ceiling fans, adding zoning, installing a programmable thermostat, and getting regular maintenance.

Use Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans can create a cooling breeze. That way, you can use your HVAC system less while staying comfortable. Ceiling fans come in many different styles, colors, and sizes. Many have lights attached, and they can increase the value of your home. If you use them regularly, they’ll eventually pay for themselves through energy savings. This helps your system’s air filter catch more pollutants.

Most ceiling fans turn counterclockwise in summer. After the weather gets cooler, you can switch them to a clockwise direction to pull the cool air from the floor to the ceiling. This will make you and your family feel warmer by forcing heated air to circulate without creating a breeze.

Add Zoning

An HVAC system with zoning has a different thermostat for each zone or area, and you can control the temperatures of the different zones separately. In many zoning systems, dampers in your ductwork direct conditioned air where it’s needed. Other zoned systems are ductless, and they have more than one indoor air handler. Instead of using a central air handler with ductwork, they’re connected directly to the outdoor unit with conduits for refrigerant.

With zoning, you can avoid heating or cooling unoccupied rooms. People can choose the temperatures they prefer for their bedrooms without impacting the comfort of those in other areas. You can also increase the indoor air quality in your home by keeping most pollutants from traveling between zones.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

You can set a programmable or smart thermostat to turn down your air conditioner while you’re asleep or at work and then return to a more comfortable setting before you wake up or come home. You’ll conserve energy without sacrificing your comfort or having to remember to change your system’s settings manually.

Many programmable thermostats can control several zones, and you can select different settings for each area and for weekdays, weekends, and vacations. Some models can also connect to humidity monitors, motion sensors, and other devices to learn your routines and temperature preferences over time, so you won’t have to spend time programming them. You can also make last-minute changes, get convenient maintenance reminders through your computer or phone, and set a password to keep guests and kids from altering your home’s temperature without permission.

Get Regular Maintenance

Without regular maintenance, problems like refrigerant leaks, dirty ductwork, or a malfunctioning thermostat will decrease your air conditioner’s efficiency and comfort. You should have your HVAC system checked by an expert like the ones at Pioneer Comfort Systems at least once per year. That way, you can catch any issues and get them repaired before they become severe enough to waste energy or impact other parts of your air conditioner.

You should change your air conditioning system’s air filter once per month to keep your indoor air quality high. A dirty filter will reduce your airflow, force your HVAC system to work harder, and spread pollutants like pollen around your home instead of catching them. Also, keep vegetation and debris like leaves or grass clippings away from your outdoor unit and move carpets and furniture away from your vents.

Pioneer Comfort Systems has more than 55 years of heating, air conditioning, indoor air quality, and plumbing experience. We’re a family business, and we have technicians available for emergency service. We can work on a variety of HVAC systems to keep you and your family comfortable and save energy. Call us at 318-965-7200 for quality service from our honest, dedicated professionals.

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