Air conditioning, at times, in Southern California can become a necessity. We need it to get through the day and sometimes, through the night. The summer has a way of hitting homeowners in the hip pocket because of the high usage of air conditioning. Here is how you can use your air conditioning in Poway or elsewhere in San Diego more efficiently, both for the sake of energy preservation and your wallet.
Prevention is better than cure. This is especially true for sophisticated devices that largely influence your comfort, productivity and overall well-being. As we’ve said, air conditioning in Poway and anywhere in California is an essential home device, so it pays to have it regularly inspected and serviced. While there are certain things that you can do yourself to ensure peak performance of your HVAC system, it’s best to schedule a yearly check-up with professionals. Action AC is a leading local provider of HVAC-related services throughout San Diego County. Don’t hesitate to contact us and book a thorough inspection and maintenance by our experienced and knowledgeable technicians.
You probably know that 78 degrees is the optimal temperature for your AC. What’s equally important is to set the thermostat a few degrees higher when you’re not at home or when you’re asleep. You can also use the sleep mode if your AC features that option. You can turn the AC off when you’re away too, as some advocate it’s more energy-efficient to turn the AC on full speed when you get home rather than leave the system work steadily the whole day.
What you shouldn’t do is turn down the thermostat to reach your desired temperature faster, i.e. knocking down the thermostat to 72 just to get to 78 faster. That will only prolong the time your AC will operate. We have already explained this in an article on mistakes that could cost you your comfort.
Natural light raises the temperature in your home, straining your AC to work harder. A dark home sure doesn’t sound pleasant or inviting. However, pulling the drapes or blinds over your windows would help your AC against heat buildup when you’re not at home. Window films could also help for this purpose.
Insulation and air sealing
Air leaks can account for as much as 20% of energy loss in the household. You can sign up for an energy audit by a certified company and have your home assessed for energy loss. A smaller scale project would be to at least insulate the ducts of your HVAC in spaces like the attic. When cool air or heat loss is maximally prevented, there’s less pressure on your air conditioning system.
It helps to keep the outdoor unit out of direct sunlight, as it also reduces the strain on the device. Ideally, the unit should be on the north side of the house or building, but this is not always feasible. Luckily, there are other ways to put your unit in the shade. Planting some trees and shrubbery around the outdoor unit or in front of your home will provide natural protection from the sun. It’s also a nice sight, isn’t it? But, do be careful to clean the unit regularly to avoid a buildup of leaves, twigs, dust and particles.
Avoid furniture arrangements that obstruct AC vents. Otherwise, you could be cooling your furniture instead of yourself. If permanent rearrangements are inconvenient, then you can do it temporarily, when the temperatures are boiling.
You can use a fan or two with your AC. That would boost the effect of your air conditioning, simultaneously alleviating the stress on it to chug more to achieve the temperature you desire.
Exhaust fans, on the other hand, are immensely helpful to get rid of the hot air and humidity in your kitchen and bathroom. You should, however, turn them off 20 minutes after you are done with cooking or bathing.