With all the back to school sales, last minute beach reservations and Labor Day barbecue plans going around, it’s pretty clear that summer is winding down. In fact, it probably won’t be long before we’re writing about how to shut down your air conditioner for the winter! Until then, however, you’re probably going to want to squeeze in a few more weeks of cooling! There are a couple of AC tips you can still use until you’re ready to pack up your AC for good – AC tips that can help you save a little bit of money on those AC bills.
Keep your air filters fresh – we’ve said this about a million times this summer, and we’ll say it one more time – make sure you change your air filter regularly! This seems like such a simple thing, but not doing it can lead to a whole host of problems, including decreased AC airflow, increasing cooling costs and potentially freezing your AC compressor coil!
Keep your compressor clean – while your outdoor compressor is designed to withstand most of what the summer can throw at it, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give it due care. Make sure to keep any landscaping features (particularly large bushes) at least 3 feet away from the compressor, and clear away any twigs or leaves that get caught in it. Give it a good spray down with a hose every now and then as well – this will clear away dirt and improve your AC airflow.
Keep up with maintenance – probably the most important thing you can do for your air conditioner is have it inspected regularly. Think about it – you wouldn’t drive a car for 100,000 miles without ever having service, would you? Keeping your air conditioner well maintained is, quite simply, the only way to make sure it will run smoothly until next summer.
Use your ceiling fans – hopefully you’ve been doing this all summer. If not, now is as good a time as any to start! Ceiling fans can help improve airflow within your home, making it feel cooler and allowing you to knock back the temperature on your AC by a few degrees, allowing it to last longer and run cheaper.
Close your blinds during the day – this one should seem like a no brainer. If you keep your blinds closed during the day, your home will absorb less heat from the sun, meaning less heat that your air conditioner has to work against.
If you’re about ready to close up your AC for the winter, or if you need air conditioner maintenance one last time this season, call Magnolia Heating & Air Conditioning today!