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How to Improve Air Conditioning Efficiency With an Older AC Unit

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An inefficient air conditioning system can push your utility bills up this summer, but you might not have the financial means to invest in a whole new system. The good news is that it is possible to improve A/C efficiency for lower bills without purchasing a new system. Just use these tips to achieve your goal of greater efficiency.

How To Improve the Efficiency of Your Air Conditioner

Most air conditioning systems only last about 12 years. If you’re dealing with a system that is older than 10 years, you may notice a significant drop in efficiency. Fortunately, there are ways that you can improve efficiency and lengthen the life of your system up to 20 years.

  • Reduce the amount of use that your system gets by keeping it off whenever possible. Setting the temperature up or turning off your air conditioner completely when you are not at home reduces the strain on the system. Proper ventilation keeps your air conditioner from straining to remove humidity from your home, and zone cooling allows you to keep your system from cooling rooms that are not regularly occupied.
  • Use fans instead of your air conditioner if?the temperature is under 78 degrees. If the inside temperature exceeds 78, you have the option to use fans along with your air conditioner to ensure that you can set it to a higher temperature.
  • Check and clean the filters in your air conditioning system at least once per month. This improves indoor air quality while ensuring that your system will not have to work hard to cool your home.
  • Invest in professional preventative maintenance on an annual basis. You may be able to avoid costly repairs when you opt for maintenance services.

Save Money With Professional Help

You can try to improve A/C efficiency on your own, but the best way to achieve greater efficiency is by consulting with an HVAC professional. Contact Pioneer Comfort Systems today to schedule an appointment with an experienced technician who can improve A/C efficiency to lower your utility bills throughout the summer.