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Making the Best Use of Your Air Conditioner This Summer

An AC unit outside a brick house

This Summer Summer heat is on, and going without air conditioning is simply not an option in most places. A reliable home HVAC system, subject to periodic maintenance, should be well-equipped to handle the hot weather, giving you and your household a cool, comfortable environment on even the hottest days. But keeping the home cool isn’t the same as wasting money unnecessarily, and even as most homeowners run their air conditioners to fight the high temperatures this summer, most of them look for ways to do so that won’t cost them an arm and a leg; which is important considering the summer heat in Wayne, Springfield, Media, Ardmore, Ford, Wynewood, Broomall, or Bryn Mawr can be brutal.

There are many ways to do so, and since each home is unique, the best method depends on your circumstances. But a few general guidelines can help ease the monthly burden on your electric bills without costingyour home any comfort. They include the following:

Upgrade Your Thermostat Older thermostats may be able to do the job, but they lack the features that a more modern unit can provide. In particular, older units that still rely on mercury switches should be replaced immediately. Newer thermostats can keep you connected to your HVAC system via an app, allowing you to change temperature settings as you wish. You can turn on your air ten minutes before you get home each day, ensuring a cool home without having to run the system all day. And in the event the system is running when it shouldn’t, you can turn it off or raise the indoor temperature with just the touch of a button.

Upgrade Your Filters Dust and dirt can interfere with the functioning of your air conditioner: clogging filters and increasing friction between moving parts. More importantly, they can spread similar contaminants around your home, using the same ducts they use to distribute cool air. Integrated air filters can be installed that work with your HVAC system to eliminate dust, germs, and other contaminants. Not only does that leave your home  cleaner and healthier, but the attendant lack of dust in the system itself will help your AC perform more effectively.

Consider Dehumidifiers As hard as high temperatures can be on your air conditioner, high humidity can be even worse. It makes your home feel hotter than it actually is, and while your HVAC system can treat it by default, it’s not set up for that kind of strain. A dehumidifier dedicated to the job can be installed to work in conjunction with your AC: easing the burden on the system overall while helping your home stay comfortable.

Any or all of these additions can be installed with ease by our friendly team of professionals. When used in conjunction with sensible energy conservation, they can make a big difference in your monthly bills, as well as helping your air conditioner last longer and operate more efficiently. If any or all of them sound like a good fit for your home, give us a call today to set up an appointment!





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