When temperatures rise in Rolesville, NC, your air conditioner kicks into overdrive to try to keep up. Unfortunately, this often means your utility costs quickly get as unbearable as the heat and humidity. Here are four ways to boost your efficiency this year to keep those costs in check.

1. Mind Your Thermostat’s Location

Believe it or not, the location of your thermostat is crucial. If it’s in direct sunlight, it’ll read artificially high, causing your system to run longer. If it’s directly over an air vent, it may read artificially low, causing the system to run shorter cycles more frequently.

2. Know When to Open Windows

Your windows are key to controlling your energy costs. Keep your shades drawn when the window is in direct sunlight, but open them when there is indirect light. When the shades are drawn, and you turn on the lights, keep in mind that lights may add heat to the air. This depends on what kind of bulb you’re using.

Keep your windows closed during the hottest parts of the day, but open them up in the evening. This reduces the load on your system during off-peak hours.

3. Consider When You Use Water

Laundry, dishes and showers add extra humidity to the air, especially when the temperatures are higher. Consider doing these tasks during the cooler parts of the day to minimize the additional humidity. Be sure to run your ventilation fans when you do these tasks to help evacuate the extra moisture.

4. Clean and Maintain Your HVAC System

As your system circulates air, it draws in airborne contaminants that settle on the air filter, evaporator coil and circulating fan. These reduce the amount of air the system is able to circulate, significantly decreasing the operational efficiency. To keep the system running well and avoid additional AC repairs, plan to have your system professionally cleaned and maintained.

Keep your utility bills and repair calls in check this year by improving your energy efficiency. Call to schedule your routine HVAC maintenance with our experts at Mitchell Heating & Cooling today.

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