There’s no question about it: it’s a great idea to learn how to ensure your air conditioner is operating at maximum efficiency. A good air conditioning system makes any home comfortable. At their maximum efficiency, you can even save a whole lot on your monthly electric bills.

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Though there could be many HVAC professionals at your beck and call, it’s good to put in some effort yourself. There are lots of no-cost things you can do to improve your air conditioning unit’s efficiency, but you might want to leave some of the harder, more technical issues to the pros. In any case, here are some ways YOU can improve your AC system.

Cooling down your home to a nice temperature is not an easy feat, especially during the summer. The most important thing to remember is you should help your AC system do some of the work.

For example, if it gets too hot in the middle of the day, you might want to close some blinds and let down some curtains. Direct heat and sunlight can pass through glass windows, and west-facing rooms get even hotter due to the hot afternoon sun.

Clean your AC’s housing unit so it doesn’t heat up as fast. The housing needs to be free from all kinds of debris. Trim plants and bushes so there’s a wide enough space between them and your AC housing. A more thorough cleaning can be done by professionals, but you should at least do a weekly checkup and light cleaning. This will help you make sure nothing’s getting lodged in the housing.

If you could, avoid using appliances that depend on heat during the afternoon. Your AC unit will have to work harder to cool down a kitchen that is running stoves and ovens in the middle of the day. If you can do the cooking and baking during colder times, like at night or before the break of dawn, your AC unit will have to exert substantially less effort to cool the kitchen down.

The same applies when you’re running your clothes dryer. You can either let them dry on a clothesline outside, or you can put off using your dryer and wait for the night when it’s colder. Needless to say, you might want to avoid using the dryer and the oven at the same time.

Of course, some fixes will include an investment of some sort. Zoning systems help with regulating temperature separately in different zones of your home, so different rooms can have different temperatures, ensuring maximum levels of comfort for those occupying each room.

Using ceiling fans in addition to your air conditioner can help you save on your energy bills, and can take some load off your air conditioning unit. Ceiling fans use less energy than air conditioners, and they help distribute cool air around the room.

Programmable thermostats make good investments too. You can set a programmable thermostat to a higher temperature during times when no one is home. You can set it to automatically lower the house’s temperature when your area is expecting a heat wave.

A quick tip on thermostats: avoid placing lamps and other heat sources near thermostats, as they may incorrectly read the temperature of the room.

Lastly, if you’ve done all you can but you still want to know how to ensure your air conditioner is working at maximum efficiency, give Spartan Plumbing, Heating & Cooling a quick call. Spartan Plumbing is the best professional plumbing and HVAC contractor in the Tucson area. We not only do great plumbing and HVAC work, we also offer financing options, coupons, discounts, and VIP priority services.