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Summer Is in High Gear: Use These Operational Tips to Heighten Your Air-Conditioning System

Posted on: August 16, 2011

Charlotte is hot, no doubt about it. So get the most out of your air conditioning with a few comfort tips to maximize efficiency, keep you cool and even save some money along the way.

Maintain Your HVAC Unit
Just like you need to change the oil in your car every so often, you also have to maintain your air conditioning unit to keep it running at its most efficient. First, provide good airflow to the unit, which means keeping it clear of bushes, tall grass, weeds and leaves. This allows as much fresh air as possible to flow into the mechanisms.

Second, check your coils. Your A/C unit has both an outdoor coil, or condensor coil and an indoor coil, or evaporator coil. Dirty coils reduce heat transfer and airflow significantly, driving down efficiency and driving up your cooling costs. Dirty coils also lower the air quality in your home for you and your family. A quality HVAC service technician can maintain your coils for you or complete pre-season tuneups each spring before the real heat in Charlotte begins.

Programmable Thermostat
A programmable thermostat helps keep cooling costs in control by automatically raising the temperature at times when you’re away from home or sleeping. These thermostats help you use your air conditioner wisely by doing the work for you. Energy Star recommends a summer cooling level of:

  • Wake: No cooler than 78 degrees
  • Day: No cooler than 85 degrees if you are away or 78 degrees if you are home
  • Evening: No cooler than 78 degrees
  • Sleep: No cooler than 82 degrees

Help Out the HVAC
You can take several steps to help out your air conditioner. Start by shading your windows to keep out the sun’s rays, particularly east- and west-facing windows. Also, use ceiling fans and room fans to circulate cool air around your home. And given the humid climate of North Carolina, keep moisture levels in your home down by sealing off air leaks.

Air conditioning is a must in our state, but a few strategic moves and a visit from Acosta Heating & Cooling can keep your system running at maximum efficiency all year long.