Cincinnati summers are long and hot, and keeping your energy bills in check is likely a constant struggle. There are a number of things you can do this year to run the A/C more efficiently without sacrificing comfort.

Schedule Your Annual Tune-up

Your air conditioner’s efficiency depends on clean components, tight connections and proper airflow and electric control. A spring evaluation and tune-up by a skilled technician will increase efficiency right off the bat and help prevent common problems later in the summer.

Change the Filter

Your air conditioner won’t operate at peak performance if it has a clogged air filter, which restricts airflow and allows dust to coat the motor, fan and other essential A/C components, often resulting expensive repairs. Check your filter monthly and replace it with a clean one when it’s dirty.

Seal Air Leaks

Air leaks around windows, doors and service entrances negatively impact your comfort and energy bills. You will run the A/C more efficiently if you use caulk and weatherstripping to keep cool air inside and hot air outside.

Maintain Optimum Humidity Levels

Humidity in the home during the summer makes you feel warmer, and it can promote mold and mildew growth as well as worsen seasonal allergy symptoms and increase your dust mite population. Use a portable dehumidifier to draw moisture out of the air in more humid rooms, or install a whole-house dehumidifier to maintain the optimum 30 to 50 percent humidity in your whole house.

Combat Heat Gain

The sun’s radiant energy can heat up your whole house and make the A/C work overtime to keep you comfortable. Keep window shades down during the day, especially in sunny rooms. Plant tall bushes or trees around your home to create a shady, cool microclimate that can seriously reduce energy bills and increase comfort. If your roof is unshaded by trees, apply a radiant barrier to keep heat out.

For more expert advice on how you can run the A/C more efficiently this summer, please feel free to contact us in the Greater Cincinnati area at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.

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