Don’t you love that feeling when you get to switch over the thermostat from heating to cooling? So do we! With spring in the air and winter behind us, it’s time to think about the working condition of your Oklahoma City home’s air conditioner, both in terms of AC repair or seasonal servicing. So what should you do to get the most out of your air conditioner without driving up your monthly energy costs? Gordon's Service Experts has a few insights:
- Turn it up – when you first turn on your air conditioner, take a few days to test out a variety of temperatures to find where you gain the most comfortable. Begin by setting your thermostat to a temperature that you may think is a little too high. Then, make small incremental changes until you reach a temperature where you feel comfortable. Keeping your thermostat set higher can keep your air conditioner from continuously running, saving you money over a period of time. The longer your air conditioner is running, the more energy you're using—and the more money you're spending. Even a degree warmer can make a big impact in the cost of your monthly energy bills, so take time to tinker.
- Consider the humidity – when you consider how much you can save, it can be tempting to suck it up and deal with the heat by completely turning off your air conditioner. However, what can easily be overlooked is that air conditioners can help dehumidify your home in addition to cooling it. So if humidity is a problem for you, be sure to think twice before turning off your air conditioner.
- Keep it serviced – every time we talk about energy savings and efficiency, the importance of air conditioner service cannot be mentioned enough. Keeping your air conditioner serviced makes sure that all the pieces of your system are in working order before you begin using it all the time. Preventative maintenance is one of the most critical steps to your system working efficiently and keeping major AC repair at bay.
- Double team – using fans as well as your air conditioner is a great way to keep your home cooler and keep the air moving. Gordon's Service Experts recommends tag-teaming to allow you to keep your air conditioner from running as often, and that reduced usage can create savings. It can also potentially help keep your home comfortable enough to raise your thermostat a degree or two.
Keeping your home comfortable when it gets hot in Oklahoma City isn’t as tough as it may seem. And it doesn’t have to be so expensive either. Luckily for you, there are a variety of ways that you can maintain or improve your comfort while also attempting to lower your monthly energy costs. Whether you have questions about AC repair and air conditioner service or want to know more about energy efficiency, contact your local Oklahoma City HVAC experts at Gordon's Service Experts to learn more.