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May 28, 2021

How to Improve A/C Efficiency

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Spring is in full swing and with a hot summer ahead, countless homeowners are looking for ways to improve AC efficiency. That’s why the experts at Gold Star Services have put together 5 ways to maximize your air conditioner’s efficiency and save you money. Let’s dive in:

  • Keep Windows and Doors Closed

Be sure to close all windows, as well as doors leading to rooms or spaces that don’t need to be cooled. When the weather is nice out, it can be tempting to open the windows and air out your home—just be sure to turn off your unit while you do, otherwise you’ll be paying to cool the entire neighborhood.

  • Change Air Filters and Clean Air Vents

Air filters need to be replaced or cleaned frequently (roughly every 90 days) to keep your unit running smoothly. It’s also wise to ensure your air vents are free of blockages. Wipe down and vacuum dirty air vents to ensure proper air flow. Your HVAC unit will thank you.

  • Check Your Thermostat Placement

A thermostat placed in direct sunlight or near a heat source, like an oven or fireplace, will cause your unit to kick on and run a cycle when it may not be necessary. For accurate temperature readings, install your thermostat in a neutral space in your home. 

  • Fix Air Leaks

Air leaks are one of the biggest ways A/C units lose efficiency. Spaces like attics, window frames and gaps underneath doors are all prone to air leaks, allowing cooled air to flow outside. Invest in insulating and properly sealing any suspected air leaks in your home. 

  • Clean Around Your Condenser Unit

Your A/C system’s outdoor condenser unit needs adequate space around it to ensure proper air flow. Trim back any nearby shrubbery and clear away debris like twigs and leaves. An HVAC professional can clean your unit top to bottom, including your outdoor condenser.

Get a Spring Tune-Up From Gold Star Services

The best way to ensure you’re getting the most out of your A/C unit is to schedule an annual spring tune-up before the warm weather hits.

Gold Star Services offers reliable, professional help homeowners can depend on. Our services include heating, cooling and water heater repair, replacement and maintenance. Call 1-302-485-1687 to get started with Gold Star Services today!

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