Cleanliness is Key
Start the season by cleaning out your ducts and vents. A dust-free system runs more efficiently and circulates cleaner air throughout your home. Regular cleaning also prevents debris from clogging the system, which can lead to reduced efficiency and higher energy consumption.
Change the Filters
Regularly changing your air filter is a simple yet effective way to optimize efficiency. A clean filter promotes proper airflow, allowing your AC to cool your home more efficiently and reducing strain on the system, in turn reducing the need for professional AC services. Aim to replace filters every 1-3 months, depending on usage.
Keep the Heat Away
Keep your thermostat away from heat sources like the kitchen or direct sunlight. This prevents it from sensing false temperature increases and overworking your AC. Consider investing in a programmable thermostat to adjust temperatures automatically when you're away or asleep.
Cover Your Windows
Cover your windows during the hottest parts of the day to stop heat from seeping into your home. Use blinds, curtains, or reflective window film to reduce the workload on your air conditioner.
Tweak the Temperature
Set your thermostat a few degrees higher than your usual comfort level when you're home. This small adjustment can significantly reduce your energy consumption while maintaining a comfortable environment.
Shade Your Unit
If possible, keep your outdoor AC unit in the shade. Air conditioner efficiency is impacted by direct sunlight, which forces the unit to work harder to cool the air. A shaded unit doesn't have to work as hard and helps save on energy costs.
Insulate the Ductwork
Insulate exposed ductwork to prevent cooled air from escaping before it reaches the living spaces. Well-insulated ducts ensure the cool air is adequately distributed throughout your home and helps reduce uneven temperatures.
Drain the Lines
Clear out your AC's drain line regularly to prevent clogs and blockages. A clear drain line ensures the unit stays dry, preventing issues like mold growth and reducing strain on your system.
Get Regular Service
Routine AC maintenance is essential for efficiency. Schedule regular air conditioning services with a professional HVAC technician to ensure your system runs well all summer long. At UIC, our technicians will perform thorough inspections, make any necessary repairs, and fine-tune your AC for peak performance.
The UIC Advantage
We've got you covered when it comes to keeping your home comfortably cool. Our professional AC services maximize efficiency and, coupled with regular upkeep at home, help extend the life of your system. We offer expert maintenance, repairs, and installations to ensure your home stays cool and comfortable, no matter how many heat waves roll through.
Your Comfort, Our Commitment
Our commitment to customer satisfaction means we offer expert guidance and services. From cleaning and maintenance to repairs and installations, our team of technicians ensures your home remains a comfortable, affordable haven.
To find out how we can make your summer more efficient and cost-effective, contact UIC today at (610) 825-4400. Let's make this summer a season of cool comfort and smart savings!