How to Take Advantage of Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency 04/05/2016 Now that spring is here, we’ll start seeing an increase in warm days in Charlottesville. It’s the perfect time to examine your air conditioner’s efficiency. We have some easy ideas for you to completely take advantage of the benefits of your air conditioner’s efficiency and extend its lifespan. Change Your Air Conditioner Filter 1.You’ve heard this many times, but replacing your air conditioner’s filter is so important. Even ENERGY STAR® advises changing it monthly. You may need to exchange the filter more or less frequently, per your manufacturer’s recommendation. If you check your filter every single month, you’ll begin to determine how regularly you should change it. Air will flow more freely throughout your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll notice improved air quality and gains in air conditioner efficiency. Accumulation of dust and debris inside your system will make it work harder. More work could lead to a reduced lifespan for your system. Make Sure Your Ducts Are Sealed Properly If your ducts have any leaks, holes or poor connections, it’ll be tough for your system to efficiently drive air throughout your house. And even though your air conditioner will be working overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you would prefer. If you are questioning how well-sealed your ducts are, talk to the professionals at Beck Cohen. We can help you out. Install a Programmable Thermostat To reduce your cooling costs, take time to look into a programmable thermostat. Why waste money cooling your home when you aren’t home? You can find an variety of different programmable thermostats and should have no issues finding one that will fit your lifestyle needs. Schedule Your Annual Tune-Up It’s not hard to forget the benefits of an annual tune-up when your air conditioner is operating as it should. Yearly tune-ups can keep your air conditioner as efficient as possible and can help increase its lifespan. Zoned Heating If you want individual control over the temperature of different rooms in your house, a zoned heating and cooling system can achieve that with multiple programmable thermostats. This can help increase your air conditioner efficiency and save on energy bills. Half of the energy used in your residence goes to your heating and cooling, so efficiency is important. At Beck Cohen, we can help ensure your heating and cooling system is running at its best. Call our professionals today to schedule your annual air conditioner service or if you have any questions about your home comfort system. We can be reached at 434-296-0129, or you can schedule an appointment with us online.