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Can You Improve the Efficiency of Air Conditioning?


When you improve the efficiency of air conditioning in your Fairfax area home, you’ll see lower energy bills, longer system life and greater indoor comfort. These tips will help you get more cooling from your A/C system.

  • Make it a point to check the air filter monthly and change it when it’s covered with dust or grime. A dirty air filter slows the air flowing through the air handler, increasing energy bills because your equipment has to work harder to provide the same cooling effect. A dirty filter can even cause the evaporator coil to freeze over, which can stop the cooling of your home altogether.
  • Have your system serviced each year by a professional HVAC contractor. The technician will go through each component, cleaning and adjusting it. Professional maintenance improves efficiency, since the technician brings the system back to its original condition as much as possible. He or she will check the refrigerant level and airflow through the air handler, along with looking for ductwork leaks. Low refrigerant and duct leaks add substantially to your energy bills, and addressing these issues will right away improve the efficiency of air conditioning in your home, as well as its performance.
  • Turn the thermostat up several degrees when you leave for the day. If you’re away routinely, consider installing a programmable thermostat. Not only do these devices sense temperatures better than older manual models, they take all the work out of adjusting temperatures to save energy when nobody’s home and then returning them to your preferred comfort level before you get home.
  • Use ceiling fans to circulate the air to cool you. You may feel three or four degrees cooler with a fan moving the air, enabling you to turn down the air conditioner. When air moves, the moisture on your skin evaporates more quickly, cooling you faster.
  • Use bathroom and kitchen fans to remove excess humidity in your home. The air conditioning equipment does remove humidity, but that’s secondary to cooling your home. When you lower the humidity, your air cools faster.

If you haven’t had your A/C serviced for the cooling season, contact our experts at HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited Heating & Air Conditioning. We provide exceptional HVAC services for Northern Virginia homeowners.

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