Want To Lower Energy Bills? Try These 5 Tips To Get Your Air Conditioner To Perform At Its Peak

Has the San Antonio summer left you looking for ways to reduce your energy bills? Here are five tips you can use to optimize the performance of your air conditioner for the remainder of summer and in years to come.

  • Clean the outdoor unit: You need airflow in order for the condensing coil inside the outdoor unit to work properly. Make sure there is nothing covering or blocking the unit, including plants, furniture or other debris. Having a free flow of air will ease the amount of energy it takes to pull in the air and cool the condensing coil and reduce your energy bills.
  • Clean the condenser coil: This needs to be done once a year, with a chemical solution. At this time, also straighten the fins of the heat exchanger if necessary.
  • Clean the indoor evaporator coil: Thankfully this only needs to be done every few years, because it is hard to reach, but do not neglect cleaning the indoor coil. Not only does the potential mold buildup reduce the efficiency of the A/C unit, but it can also pose a health risk to your family.
  • Check the ductwork: If there are any leaks in your ducts, they could be greatly reducing the efficiency of your HVAC system. This means that you’re losing energy dollars right along with your cooled air.
  • Purchase an Energy Star-qualified air conditioner: Energy Star-qualified air conditioners are more efficient than standard models. To earn the label, as system must carry a minimum Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) of 14 and measure up to a list of strict guidelines set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy.
  • For more tips on how to reduce your energy bills, contact the Beyer Boys. We proudly serve the San Antonio area.

    Our goal is to help educate our customers in San Antonio, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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