How to Take Advantage of Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency 04/05/2016 Now that spring is upon us, we’ll start enjoying an increase in warm days in Rapid City. It’s the perfect time to review your air conditioner’s efficiency. We have some basic ideas for you to completely take advantage of the benefits of your air conditioner’s efficiency and extend its lifespan. Change Your Air Conditioner Filter 1.You’ve heard this before, but changing your air conditioner’s filter is so important. Even ENERGY STAR® advises changing it monthly. You may need to change the filter more or less frequently, per your manufacturer’s suggestion. If you check your filter month after month, you’ll begin to figure out how frequently you should change it. Air will flow more freely through your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll experience improved air quality and an increase in air conditioner efficiency. Gathering of dust and debris inside your system will push it work harder. More work could lead to a shorter 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 push air throughout your house. And even though your air conditioner will be working harder, you still may not be as comfortable as you expect to be. If you are questioning how well-sealed your ducts are, ask the professionals at Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc. We can assist you. Install a Programmable Thermostat To reduce your cooling costs, take time to look into a programmable thermostat. Why waste money cooling your home when you aren’t even there? You can find an array of different programmable thermostats and should have no trouble finding one that matches 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 can 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 house, a zoned heating and cooling system can do that with multiple programmable thermostats. This can help enhance your air conditioner efficiency and save on energy bills. Half of the energy used in your home goes to your heating and cooling, so efficiency is key. At Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc, we can help ensure your heating and cooling system is running at its best. Call our professionals today to schedule your annual air conditioner service or if you have any inquiries about your home comfort system. We can be reached at 605-342-5107, or you can schedule an appointment with us online.