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Let’s Keep Your AC Efficient This Coming Summer

air-conditioner-money-saverAt Collier’s, our goal is more than just being there when you need us for an air conditioning repair. We want to help you avoid air conditioning repairs and we want you to save money each time you turn on your air conditioning in Warsaw, IN or the surrounding areas. We take air conditioning efficiency seriously, and in this post we’re going to offer advice on how you can keep your AC operating at energy-saving levels over the coming summer—without sacrificing comfort.

Professionally Maintain Your AC

Priority #1 is to have our professionals inspect and tune-up your cooling system before summer arrives. We’re happy to do this, because we know the many benefits it provides. Not only will it help your air conditioner to keep its energy-efficient performance, it protects it from abrupt breakdowns and other malfunctions over the season.

Change the Air Filter Regularly

A clogged filter is the simplest reason for an air conditioner to start to cost more to run—and it’s an easy problem to fix. And perhaps that’s why people often forget to do it. The air filter on your HVAC system keeps debris from the return air ducts from getting inside the AC cabinet. The debris in the filter will build up until it starts to block airflow, and that forces the blower fan motor to strain and work too hard. We recommend changing the filter every 1 to 3 months. Less expensive filters, like panel filters, should be changed monthly, while pleated filters can be changed every 2 or 3 months.

Properly Manage the Thermostat

Haphazardly setting the thermostat up and down depending on how you feel is a recipe for an air conditioner wasting power. The recommendation from the Department of Energy is to place the thermostat at as high a temperature as is comfortable and let it stay there during the time people are at home at awake. Start at 78°F and make small adjustments to find an ideal comfort zone. This stable setting at a higher temperature removes extra strain on the compressor and requires the AC to run less often; the smaller the difference between the inside and outside temperature of a house, the slower the house gains heat. During the evenings, raise the temperature by 8–10°F.

Don’t Delay with Necessary Repairs

If maintenance discovered a repair need in your AC, or there’s a lingering problem from the last time you had the cooling system running regularly, schedule the work with professionals ASAP. You never want to head into the hot weather with an air conditioner that has a problem, even an apparently minor one. These “minor” problems will cut down on efficiency—and may end up making the air conditioner break down!

Sign Up for The HomeSavers Club!

Remember, if you haven’t arranged for spring maintenance for your air conditioning system, it’s not too late. In fact, it’s never too late to sign up for our maintenance program, The HomeSavers Club, and have both your air conditioning and heating system cared for during the year. Talk to our office today to learn more details and schedule your AC inspection and tune-up for the spring.

Collier’s Heating & Air Conditioning: For over 30 Years a Company You’ve Grown to Trust.

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