Thermostats – First, if you haven't already done so, now is the time to invest in a programmable thermostat. Programming is easy and you should take advantage of options, which allow you to hold higher indoor temperatures while you are away from the house. Be sure to set the temperature a little higher at night while you are sleeping.
Cleanliness matters – A clean HVAC system runs more efficiently, breaks down less often and lasts longer. Begin by changing the air filter regularly, but don't stop there. Have your central air conditioning system professionally serviced at the beginning of the summer season. You'll save the cost of a tune-up through lower operating costs.
Keep debris out of the condensing unit – The condensing unit (outside unit) collects grass clippings, leaves and other debris, which limits its efficiency. Inspect it periodically for loose items and wash down its exterior (be sure the unit is not running!)
Use ceiling fans – We all feel cooler when air is moving past our skin. Ceiling fans do a great job of keeping indoor air moving and are inexpensive to operate. You can generally set the thermostat a few degrees higher while running a fan without being uncomfortable.
Try these simple tips to reduce summer energy bills without sacrificing comfort. If all else fails, call the Arlington HVAC professionals at Tom's Mechanical. We service broken heating and cooling systems 24 hours a day, 7 days each week.