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AC Efficiency Tips to Beat the Heat

Air conditioners have trouble in the summer, especially when they experience unexpected heatwaves like the one we’re getting now. Sure, they’re designed explicitly to deal with hot temperatures, but to consistently deal with hot temperatures effectively and efficiently for 15 years? Sometimes there’s a bit more that needs to be done before your AC can achieve that goal.

Today, we’re going to talk about some nifty tricks that can keep your energy bills low and your home cool. By performing some helpful tasks around the house, you can cool your home down to a greater extend, allowing you to alleviate pressure on your AC by raising the thermostat temperature a little bit. Also, our signing up for AC maintenance in Deptford Township, NJ can be a huge boon to your efficiency all on its own.

We urge you to seriously consider what we’re about to talk about.

What Is Efficiency Exactly?

Before we talk about ways to increase efficiency, we need to talk about what it is! So many homeowners don’t know about how efficiency is calculated that they tend to neglect the improvements that can be made. So, we feel like that’s a good place to start.

When you purchase an air conditioner, it has a SEER rating. That’s the seasonal energy efficiency ratio, basically a statistic that shows how much cooling it puts out in BTUs (British thermal units) against how much energy it consumes. Once this ratio is measured, it’s put as a clear number for consumers to look at and use. However, those numbers begin to decrease when your AC starts to age, deal with problems, or can’t get the maintenance it needs.

What Can I Do?

We’re glad you asked! There are a variety of things you can do to keep that efficiency ratio up and allow your home to be cooled at an affordable price. Here are just a few of our tips:

  • Use Curtains or Blinds. The sun emits heat through light, and when the sun is in the sky, temperatures are at their highest of the day. Unfortunately, that light permeates through our windows and heats up the rooms of our homes. Blinds and curtains can stop this heat in its tracks and make the job of cooling your home easier on your AC.
  • Run Your Ceiling Fan. Ceiling fans cost pennies to operate and they actually serve a much better function than just your average fan. When running in the winter the opposite way they do in summer, they create convection and pull heat up from the bottom of the room. That means you can enjoy more cooled air produced by your AC.
  • Schedule AC Maintenance. Maintenance is a service that is proven to increase efficiency and extend the lifespan of an air conditioner. It’s not magic; it’s a combination of practical adjustments, inspections, publications, and repairs that allow your AC to function smoothly. Without AC maintenance, who knows what the state of your system is, and you’re likely to start paying an increased price month after month.

Call the team at SPS Mechanical Inc. for a calculated approach towards AC maintenance.

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