Prepare Your AC System for TX Summer Heat

By Brenda Ashaka
Alpha 4 Real AC & Heating, Katy, TX

Texas, the Lone Star State is a beautify place to live and raise your family but it can also be very hot in the summer. This can lead to astronomically high monthly energy bills but what if there are things you can do to ensure you do not receive shockingly high energy bills?

When your Ac system works optimally as it was designed to do, you get the best of both worlds – an efficient AC system and lower monthly bill. Who doesn’t like that?

Well, there are things you can do to make that happen. Here are some tips to help you maximize the efficiency of your air conditioner.

Regular AC Maintenance

We can’t emphasize this enough – regular AC maintenance is important to ensure efficient air conditioner. Schedule regular maintenance for your air conditioner to keep it in optimal condition. Clean or replace filters as needed and have a professional inspect the unit annually to ensure it’s running efficiently.

Set the Thermostat Temperature Appropriately

Set your thermostat at a temperature that is comfortable but not excessively cool. Each degree you raise the temperature can result in energy savings. Consider using a programmable or smart thermostat to adjust temperatures automatically based on your schedule.

See also: How To Cut Down on Air Conditioner Power Usage.

Use Ceiling Fans When You Can

Utilize ceiling fans or portable fans in conjunction with your air conditioner. Fans create a wind-chill effect, making you feel cooler without needing to lower the thermostat temperature as much.

Close Your Doors and Windows

Keep doors and windows closed when the air conditioner is running. This prevents cool air from escaping and warm air from entering, helping your AC work more efficiently.

Properly Seal and Insulate Your Home

Proper insulation helps keep your home cool by preventing heat transfer from outside. Seal any gaps around windows, doors, and other areas where air may leak. Consider adding insulation to the walls and attic if needed.

Use Curtains or Blinds

Use curtains or blinds to block out direct sunlight, especially during the hottest parts of the day. This reduces the amount of heat entering your home and eases the workload on your air conditioner.

Avoid Heat-Generating Appliances

Minimize the use of appliances that generate heat, such as ovens, stoves, and dryers, during the hottest times of the day. These appliances can increase the overall temperature in your home, making your AC work harder.

Use Ventilation Strategies

When the weather is cooler in the evenings or early mornings, take advantage of natural ventilation. Open windows or use exhaust fans to draw in fresh air and cool your home naturally.

Use Energy-Saving Settings

If your air conditioner has energy-saving modes or features, make sure to enable them. These settings optimize the performance of your AC and reduce energy consumption.

Consider Proper Placement

Ensure that your air conditioner’s outdoor unit is placed in a shaded area, away from direct sunlight. This prevents unnecessary heat buildup and allows the unit to work more efficiently.

By following these tips, you can improve the efficiency of your air conditioner, save energy, and reduce your cooling costs. Call Alpha 4 Real AC & Heating Service today at 281-347-7325 if you need help ensuring your air conditioner works optimally.