If you want to keep your home as comfortable as possible this summer, the expertise of an HVAC technician can be invaluable. Ask him about setting your thermostat, changing the air filters, and improving energy efficiency.
Here are some examples of questions to ask a professional about your air conditioner before the summer heat sets in.
What’s the Best Way to Set the Thermostat?
An HVAC technician can tell you how to set your thermostat for maximum efficiency. Many people find 78 degrees to be the most comfortable setting. This is a setting that’s fairly easy for most air conditioners to maintain without overworking themselves and using excessive energy. Every degree below 78 degrees will increase your cooling costs about 5%.
How Often Should Air Filters Be Changed?
Your technician can tell you whether you’ll need to replace or clean your air filter. Some air filters are reusable and others require disposal and replacement. Either way, you’ll need to clean or change out your air filters every two months at the very minimum.
When Should I Replace My Air Conditioner?
Ask a professional what signs indicate a failing air conditioner. He’ll likely tell you to watch out for higher utility bills and inconsistent temperatures. Age is often a factor as well. If your air conditioner is over 10 years old, it has a much higher risk of failure.
What Are Some Ways to Reduce Cooling Costs?
Besides setting the thermostat smartly and changing out your air filters, there may be other ways to improve your unit’s energy efficiency. One simple suggestion is to turn off your air conditioner at night and use ceiling fans in the bedroom instead of cooling down every room in the house.
Morvent’s One Hour is happy to answer any questions our customers have. Our central air repair technicians are trained to quickly diagnose problems and offer solutions. Call (484) 734-1445 today for more information about our air conditioner inspection, tune up, and repair services.