Summer is a great time to get outside and have some adventures—if you have the budget to do so. Unfortunately, summer is also the time for high cooling costs. If your AC unit is absorbing more than its fair share of your budget, then it is time to take steps to optimize the function of your home system. Luckily, there are some easy steps you can take to reign in your costs.
If it seems like your AC unit is running all the time, then you likely have a problem with heat gain. As the sun's UV rays stream through your windows, they heat up every surface inside your home that they fall on. As these surfaces heat up, they heat up the air in your home, and then your AC unit has to cool things back down. If you can find a way to prevent UV rays from entering your home, you can prevent your AC unit from running all the time. Reflective window film will deflect UV rays before they have a chance to get into your home and cause problems. In this way, window film can reduce your cooling costs by up to 23%.
Stop Wear and Tear
As cold air rushes through your ducts, it creates outward pressure that can compromise the seals on the joints in your system. If your system has enough leaks, this can dramatically reduce the efficiency of your system. How dramatically? If you have leaks in your ducts, they can reduce your system efficiency by up to 40%. If you can access your ducts, you can find leaks by running a lit stick of incense along your ducts while your system is running. Use a marker to place a dot wherever air leaking from your ducts disrupts the smoke coming from the incense. You can then patch the leaks thus found by painting on a thick layer of duct mastic. If you can't access your ducts, then you will need to call duct professionals to inspect and repair your ducts for you.
While there are other ways to optimize the function of your AC system, the examples provided above should, at the very least, show how much you stand to save by taking steps to improve the function of your AC system. If you are trying to find ways to increase your budget so you can do more to enjoy your summer, reducing cooling costs is a great place to start.
For more information about HVAC installation or making your system more efficient, contact HVAC contractors near you.