How to Reduce AC Power Consumption

Your air conditioner will be working hard to keep you and your family cool this summer, so you want to make sure it does its job efficiently. The following steps can help you lower your AC’s energy consumption.

Change the Air Filters

The filters on your return air vents trap dust, dirt, and other pollutants so that they don’t enter your air handler. Once they have reached their capacity, though, they become an obstacle to airflow. Your AC will strain to reach the set point, causing your energy bills to rise.

Replacing the filters is a basic DIY task. If you’re using pleated filters, change them out every 90 days unless you own pets or someone has asthma or allergies.

Clean the Evaporator Coil

You don’t want the evaporator coil, which is located in the air handler, to be covered in dirt. This is one of the big reasons for filters. Despite the protection offered by them, the coil will still become caked with dirt over time. You’ll want to clean this component with a mixture of warm water and detergent. You can spray this on the coil and then wipe it down with a soft bristle brush.

Purchase a Dehumidifier

ACs do remove humidity from the air; however, you may save your AC from running excessively if you purchase a whole-house dehumidifier. This uses much less energy than an AC and can even make your home feel cooler.

Get Professional Maintenance

With a cooling tune-up every spring, your unit will be more than ready to face the summer. Maintenance can cover coil cleaning, filter replacement, and other tasks that will improve energy efficiency. For example, the technician may clean the vents and seal any leaks.

Offering Free Estimates

If you live in Peoria, IL, you can turn to Fritch Heating & Cooling, Inc. for a free estimate on maintenance and other services. We boast nearly two centuries of combined experience. Technicians are available 24/7 to take on emergency repairs. Contact us for an appointment whenever you need heating or cooling maintenance, repair, or installation.