Don’t you love that feeling when you finally switch over the thermostat from heating to cooling? So do we! With spring in the air and winter in the rearview mirror, it’s time to think about the working condition of your Long Island home’s air conditioner, both in terms of AC repair or seasonal servicing. So how can you get the most out of your air conditioner without driving up your monthly energy costs? Matz-Rightway has a few suggestions:
- 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, work on making small incremental changes until you get to a temperature where you feel cozy. Keeping your thermostat set higher can keep your air conditioner from constantly running, saving you money over a period of time. The longer your air conditioner is operating, the more energy you're eating up—and the more money you're spending. Even a single 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 realize how much you can save, it can be tempting to clinch your teeth and deal with the heat by completely turning off your air conditioner. However, what can easily be forgotten 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 ensures 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 crucial steps to your system operating efficiently and keeping major AC repair at bay.
- Double team – using fans along with your air conditioner is a great way to keep your home cooler and keep the air flowing. Matz-Rightway recommends tag-teaming to allow you to keep your air conditioner from running as often, and that decreased 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 Long Island isn’t as tough as it may seem. And it doesn’t have to be so pricey either. Luckily for you, there are a range of ways that you can maintain or improve your comfort while also attempting to decrease your monthly energy costs. Whether you have questions about AC repair and air conditioner service or would like to know more about energy efficiency, contact your local Long Island HVAC experts at Matz-Rightway to learn more.