With hot temperatures here to stay this summer, Goettl Air Conditioning Owner Ken Goodrich has offered some tips for consumers.
1. Check your filters. A clogged filter reduces airflow into the system and reduces the output of cooled air. Restricted airflow also strains the system, increasing the chance for failure.
2. Close draperies. Keep drapes and blinds closed to keep out direct sun.
3. Mind your gadgets. Minimize use of heat-producing appliances (ovens, dishwasher, dryers) during the day’s peak heat. Rely more on the microwave for cooking or better yet, grill outside.
4. Go programmable. Install a programmable thermostat so you can raise the temperature set point a few degrees while you’re away. Keep this within 5 degrees of your normal setting; more may be counterproductive, requiring additional energy to reduce the temperature to your original setting.
5. Circulate the air with ceiling fans. A ceiling fan won’t change the temperature, the moving air helps you feel cooler.
6. Maintain your air conditioning system. Regular maintenance helps keep your system running at peak efficiency and will prolong the life of the equipment. The Energy Star program recommends two services per year; one in spring to prepare for the cooling season and one in the fall for the heating season.