Did you know that your HVAC system accounts for approximately half of your household energy usage? With this thought in mind, it makes sense that you would want to do everything possible to make sure your AC unit is working as efficiently as possible during the summer months. The fact is, problems may begin to plague your cooling system if you neglect it, or as it gets older. However, this doesn’t mean that yours has to drain you financially.

With the tips here, you can actually use your AC unit, remain comfortable and save money. Read on to learn more.

Increase the Temperature on Your Thermostat

It’s extremely tempting to push your thermostat down when the heat outside goes up. The majority of thermostats can be set as low as 60 degrees F, or lower. However, this doesn’t mean you should use this low of a setting. The majority of people will be comfortable at 78 degrees, and each degree that you increase your thermostat’s temperature during the summer months, results in more energy savings for you.

It’s also crucial that you remember that even an efficient AC system can struggle to cool your home if you set it over 20 degrees F cooler than the temperature outside. If you force your AC unit to work too hard to cool your space, this will cost you in both energy and money.

Make Sure Your Exterior Unit isn’t Obstructed

The exterior cabinet of your home’s cooling system is referred to as the condenser unit. If you want your AC system to work at its full efficiency, then the condenser needs to be able to expel heat outside.

If your condenser is surrounded by leaves, dirt, mulch, branches or clippings from your lawn, then your AC is going to have to work harder. Make sure that you clean up the area so that your condenser has a clear food of space all the way around it. This will ensure maximum efficiency.

Vacuum Your Vent Covers

While you may not realize it, if there is dust all over your vent covers, it can cost you regarding cooling efficiency. Take time to walk around your home and look at each of the covers. Some will be on the ceiling, while others will be on the floor. Make sure they are all unobstructed and then use your vacuum with a hose to remove any dust present. It may surprise you how caked they can become and how much cleaning them can help to improve overall airflow and efficiency.

The fact is, there are several things you can do to help improve the efficiency of your air conditioner, and as a result, reduce your energy costs. If you would like more tips, feel free to reach out to your own AC technician. They can help ensure you get the efficient, affordable operation out of your AC that you want and deserve.