Posted on: 18 June 2015
Having an air conditioner sure comes in handy when the summer heat strikes, but every time you turn it on you're putting wear and tear on it which can lead to expensive repair bills throughout the years. Not to mention, air conditioning tends to cost extra money when it comes time to pay the power bill. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to lessen your reliance on an air conditioner and decrease the wear and tear that's put on it at the same time. And you can even save some money on energy, especially in the summer:
Make a Yearly Appointment
The most important thing you can do to keep your air conditioner in good shape is to have it inspected by a company like Redlands Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning once a year, right before the summer season comes around. An air conditioner with performance problems has to work harder to get its job done, which increases both wear and tear as well as operating costs.
Your service provider will repair anything that's not properly working and tend to potential problem areas to minimize the chance of a break down. In addition, you can have your service provider maintenance your system by replacing the filters and adjusting the thermostat so you don't have to. Your provider can also offer you tips for maintenance techniques you can do yourself for minimal cost.
Plant a Few Trees
Planting trees in your yard not only improves your landscape's eye appeal, but it can increase your property value by up to 20 percent too. In addition, trees naturally insulate your home to keep it cool during the summer without having to turn the air conditioner up full blast. The less your air conditioner has to work, the less you will have to worry about wear and tear or repairs.
It's a good idea to plant deciduous trees because their leaves fall off in the winter so the sun can warm up your house while saving you some wear and tear on your heating system in the process. Some beautiful deciduous options include maple, yellow poplar, hackberry, and osage orange. Keeping your trees' mature size in mind is important so you can plant them far enough away from your home that their limbs won't fall on your roof if they break off for some reason.
Do a Little Insulation
Air can easily seep through your doors and windows, causing you to lose cool air when it's hot outside and making your air conditioner work harder. You'll find that leakage quickly increases your utility rates too. Doing a little insulation provide your air conditioner with support when it's in use, and can even reduce the amount of dust, pollen, and insects that are able to enter your home. Increased humidity control and less noise pollution from outside can be expected too.
You can give your home extra insulation by using spray foam insulation or caulking along the frames of all the doors and windows that lead to the outside. You should seal the doors the lead to your attic and basement as well. Installing insulation film on your windows will also keep warm air from leaking into your home during the summer, and discourage cold air from entering when in the winter months.
Window film comes in a variety of shades, colors, and styles, making it easy to complement both the interior and exterior of your home's décor. You can even find film that's designed to look like stained glass, or that features an impressive mural.
With the help of these tips and tricks, you shouldn't have a problem staying cool in the summer without wearing down your air conditioner or wasting a measurable amount of money.Share