How well does your AC do the job of cooling down your home? Even if your answer is, “It gets the job done,” it could probably do even better. There are ways to improve your air conditioning system’s performance over this summer as well as the summers afterwards. Below we’ve put together ideas for boosting cooling in your home, from basic tips to bigger solutions.
We’ll start with this one, because if you already think your air conditioner isn’t doing as well as it once did, it may need to be repaired. A drop in airflow, hots spots around the house, or too long a period to reach the set thermostat temperature are all warning signs that an air conditioner needs professional repair work. Don’t attempt to diagnose what’s wrong on your own: this requires the help of a professional HVAC technician.
Schedule Regular Maintenance
The easiest way to get more from your air conditioning system—more cooling, more efficiency, more years of service—is to have it professionally maintained each year before the summer weather starts. (And if you miss the start of summer, you should still have it done. Later is better than never.) Maintenance gives technicians a chance to inspect the entire system and clean and adjust it. This tune-up reduces the chance of your AC failing during the summer or becoming more expensive to run. You’ll catch malfunctions early so you can have them repaired when its more convenient. Keeping up with maintenance every year will also prolong the system’s lifespan.
Change the air filter regularly
This is a maintenance job you can do on your own. The filter on your HVAC cabinet protects the interior of the AC from dust and debris. But if the filter remains in place for too long, it will become clogged and start to cut down on airflow into the air conditioner—which means less comfort. It also increases strain on the motors, which will raise your utility bills. We recommend putting in a new air filter every 1–3 months. Check on it monthly to see when it’s clogged, and then keep up with the same schedule for the rest of summer.
Upgrade the thermostat
The newest thermostats use “smart” technology to adapt to changing conditions in your home and develop customized programs to maximize energy savings without losing comfort. But even making a simple upgrade from an old manual thermostat to a programmable digital thermostat can make a difference in comfort, convenience, and energy savings in your home. Only work with professional technicians for a thermostat replacement, since a mismatch between the HVAC system and new thermostat technology may end up damaging the HVAC system.
Replace an AC that’s too old
Sometimes the best way to enjoy better cooling is to admit that your current AC is over-the-hill and have a new one put in. Most air conditioners can last from 10 to 15 years, so we recommend you give serious consideration to replacing an air conditioner that’s been in your house for more than 15 years. Consult with an HVAC company in Marlton, NJ for a professional opinion about a new air conditioner.
Gibson Heating & Cooling serves the Greater Cherry Hill, NJ, area. Call us for better air conditioning this summer.