So, it’s summer in the Decatur, AL area, and you know that means lots of heat, humidity, and issues with your AC system and energy bills, which average about $173 throughout the year, but can go higher during the summer season.

Or does summer have to bring super high energy bills and problems with your system? The good news is that with some tweaks, you can help your system work less hard, reduce your bills, and win against the forces that can lead to expensive breakdowns. Here is a list of tips to give your system the upper hand:

  1. Check your AC system for obstructions. Your outdoor unit needs airflow, and if the area around it has debris, weeds, or any other obstruction, clearing it can help your system get the air it needs to do its job. Be sure to mow around your unit carefully when you cut your lawn. Additionally, your indoor AC unit—the blower—can have issues if the filter gets clogged and dirty. Be sure to change your filters about once every 1-2 months.
  2. Use your home to help your AC. Did you know that the way your home is set up can affect how well your AC runs? While you can’t control some elements such as having a basement (that cooler air can sink into) you can control elements such as window blinds and ceiling fans, which are designed to help your AC system work better.
  • Set your ceiling fans to run counterclockwise. There will be a tab on your fan unit to switch direction. This will help to push cooler air around the room and will allow you to turn your thermostat up a few degrees than you otherwise would.
  • Close your blinds. Keeping extra sunlight out of your home will help your AC system work less.
  • Look for drafts. Finally, check your home to make sure that no drafts are leaking cooler air, or letting hot, humid air into your home. Seal any windows or doors that are letting out air.
  1. Use your AC efficiently. You can also give your system a leg up by using it only when needed. There are a few ways to do this.
  • Turn off your system when you’re not home. You can do this manually or use a smart thermostat to schedule times that your system can be off. Many smart thermostats also let you control your temperature remotely.
  • Keep your thermostat at 78 degrees while home. When used with ceiling fans, this temperature can ensure your comfort.
  • Try zoned cooling or mini split AC systems. HVAC technology is advancing, and mini split AC systems are designed to cool a specific area of your home. Some people use a few of these units in their home to control the temperature in key areas only, saving energy usage. Zoned systems divide your home into sections, each controlled by its own thermostat.

With these simple hacks, you can help your AC system to work well for many years to come, cutting down on repair costs and preventing an uncomfortable house. But all systems eventually have issues, and if this is the case, we’re here to help at Southeastern Mechanical Services. Simply contact us today.