A/C is essential in the heat of Southern California. But how do you get the most bang for your buck? For a utility that you probably use on a daily basis, it’s important to use it wisely if you want to save money on your power bill.
As Simi Valley’s resident HVAC service experts, Integrity Comfort System can help you evaluate your home’s HVAC situation to ensure its peak performance and optimal operating conditions. We can provide quality service and advice on everything from necessary repairs and replacement A/C units to where you should locate your unit in your house to maximize its output of cool air. In today’s blog , we’ll be sharing five tips you can follow to maximize your home’s A/C efficiency!
Minimize Your Oven Usage
One of the easier things you can do to get the most out of your A/C is to avoid heating up your home. One easy way to do this is to avoid using your oven whenever possible. There are many meals that can be prepared on a stovetop or in a microwave, and it would be wise to incorporate these into your meal planning. And in summer, you can enjoy grilling outside more often, too!
Get Your House Checked For Air Leaks
If you’ve never had your house professionally inspected and sealed, chances are it’s leaking the cooled air you’re paying for. In fact, some studies estimate that as much as 30% of an average home’s cooled air is lost to air leaks each month! Getting the roof, doors, and windows in your home professionally inspected for air leaks can go a long way towards lowering your power bill. Roofers should handle sealing of any leaks on your roof, but you can usually handle your doors and windows yourself with standard caulk if you don’t want to pay a pro.
Keep Your Air Ducts Clear And Clean
Your air ducts and vents are the lungs of your home’s HVAC system, and should be treated accordingly. To get the most out of your A/C, avoid placing furniture or appliances flush against your vents — give them at least an inch or two of room to push out your cool air. Investing in a professional cleaning for your air ducts every year or two is another great way to ensure your A/C’s air flow doesn’t slow down or become impeded over time.
Cover Your Windows
Natural light may seem like a blessing for any home, but it’s a double-edged sword — too much sun exposure can quickly heat up your house. Installing blinds or curtains in areas that let in a lot of sunlight can help keep your house cool when you aren’t home.
Avoid Using Your A/C At Night
If it’s not too uncomfortable, try turning off your A/C at night and opening your windows, instead. The cool night air will make its way into your home over the course of the night, providing you free cooled air that you can capture by shutting your windows and blinds before leaving the house in the morning.
As Simi Valley’s resident HVAC service experts, Integrity Comfort System can help you evaluate your home’s HVAC situation and your A/C usage habits to ensure you’re getting the most for your money. Call us today to schedule service anywhere in the Greater Los Angeles area!