How to Take Advantage of Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency 04/05/2016 Now that spring is upon us, we’ll start seeing a lot of warm days in West Columbia. It’s an ideal time to examine your air conditioner’s efficiency. We have some simple ideas for you to completely take advantage of the benefits of your air conditioner’s efficiency and increase its lifespan. Change Your Air Conditioner Filter 1.You’ve heard this many times, but replacing your air conditioner’s filter is very important. Even ENERGY STAR® advises changing it monthly. You may need to exchange the filter more or less frequently, depending on your manufacturer’s suggestion. If you check your filter each month, you’ll begin to figure out how regularly you should change it. Air will flow more freely around your space when you have a clean filter. You’ll see improved air quality and gains in air conditioner efficiency. Gathering of dust and debris inside your system will push it work harder. More work could lead to a decreased lifespan for your system. Make Sure Your Ducts Are Sealed Properly If your ducts show any leaks, holes or poor connections, it’ll be harder for your system to efficiently move air throughout your space. And even though your air conditioner will be working extra, you still may not be as comfortable as you expect to be. If you are questioning how well-sealed your ducts are, call the professionals at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc.. We can help you out. Install a Programmable Thermostat To decrease your cooling costs, check into a programmable thermostat. Why waste money cooling your home when you aren’t even there? You can find an selection of different programmable thermostats and should have no issues finding one that will fit your lifestyle needs. Schedule Your Annual Tune-Up It’s not difficult to forget the benefits of an annual tune-up when your air conditioner is operating properly. Yearly tune-ups will help keep your air conditioner as efficient as possible and can help add years to its lifespan. Zoned Heating If you would like individual control over the temperature of different rooms in your residence, a zoned heating and cooling system can accomplish that with multiple programmable thermostats. This can help enhance your air conditioner efficiency and save on energy costs. Half of the energy used in your home goes to your heating and cooling, so efficiency is important. At Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc., we can help confirm your heating and cooling system is working at its best. Call our experts today to schedule your annual air conditioner service or if you have any questions about your home comfort system. We can be reached at 803-796-9172, or you can set up an appointment with us online.