Here’s How to Maximize AC Energy Efficiency This Summer

by | Aug 20, 2021

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There’s no debating it—even in August, you still need plenty of air conditioning. But all that cooling power can add up quickly on your energy bills. Fortunately, Gross Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help. In the blog below, our experts are sharing some great ways you can maximize AC energy efficiency this season. Read it over, then give us a call at 262-783-6000 when you’re ready for the last tip on our list.

Keep Your Vents Open and Unblocked

It might seem like common sense to close vents in rooms you don’t use very often. But it’s not actually as clever as it seems.

Your air conditioner is sized specifically according to your home’s layout (your furnace is, too). It’s designed to cool the entire house, not just part of it. So when you close or block vents, your system will work extra hard to push air through them anyway. That puts more stress on the unit, causing it to draw more energy than it needs to work. It can also lead to unnecessary breakdowns in the future. An energy-efficient central air conditioner is one that works as smoothly as possible.

Turn up the Thermostat

The higher you set your thermostat in the summer, the more energy you’ll save. While this might not be feasible every day—sometimes it’s just too hot outside—know that you can save as much as 10 percent a year by turning your thermostat up seven to 10 degrees a day.

Close Your Curtains and Blinds During the Day

Sunlight can add a lot of heat to your home during the day. In the winter, it’s like a free source of heat, but in the summer, it’s one of the last things you want. Closing your curtains, drapes, and blinds can block the sunlight—and the warmth that comes with it—from coming in. It can also help keep cool air inside and minimize the amount of it lost through window cracks and seams.

Schedule Routine Air Conditioner Maintenance

One thing all the most energy-efficient air conditioners have in common is that they are regularly serviced. When you call Gross Heating for maintenance, our experts will clean and tune your system from top to bottom. This helps us ensure all parts work correctly, catch potential issues before they cause breakdowns, and keep your system running for longer. All that adds up to greater AC energy efficiency and helps you save money on your utility bills.

For All Things Air Conditioning, Turn to the Experts at Carrier® and Gross Heating

The pros at Gross Heating have been taking care of your neighbor’s comfort for decades—and we’re proud to do so. Whether you need more advice or are looking to install the best energy-efficient air conditioner available, we’re here to help. All you have to do is call 262-783-6000 or contact us online.

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