How to Take Advantage of Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency 04/05/2016 Now that spring is here, we’ll start experiencing a lot of warm days in Chicago. It’s a great time to examine your air conditioner’s efficiency. We have some easy ideas for you to completely take advantage of the benefits of your air conditioner’s efficiency and add years to its lifespan. Change Your Air Conditioner Filter 1.You’ve heard this before, but changing your air conditioner’s filter is very important. Even ENERGY STAR® counsels changing it monthly. You may need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your manufacturer’s suggestion. If you monitor your filter each month, you’ll begin to determine how often you should change it. Air will flow more freely through your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll see enhanced air quality and an increase in air conditioner efficiency. Gathering of dust and debris inside your system will force it to work harder. More work could lead to a decreased lifespan for your system. Make Sure Your Ducts Are Sealed Properly If your ducts have any leaks, holes or poor connections, it’ll be tough for your system to efficiently move air throughout your home. And even though your air conditioner will be working harder, you still may not be as comfortable as you expect to be. If you are concerned how well-sealed your ducts are, call the professionals at iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning. We can help you out. Install a Programmable Thermostat To reduce your cooling costs, check into a programmable thermostat. Why waste money cooling your home when you aren’t home? You can find an array of different programmable thermostats and should have no trouble finding one that will fit your lifestyle needs. Schedule Your Annual Tune-Up It’s not hard to forget the benefits of an annual tune-up when your air conditioner is operating as it should. Yearly tune-ups will help keep your air conditioner as efficient as possible and can help increase its lifespan. Zoned Heating If you desire individual control over the temperature of different rooms in your home, a zoned heating and cooling system can achieve that with multiple programmable thermostats. This can help increase your air conditioner efficiency and save on energy costs. Half of the energy used in your residence goes to your heating and cooling, so efficiency is important. At iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning, we can help ensure your heating and cooling system is working at its best. Call us today to schedule your annual air conditioner service or if you have any inquiries about your home comfort system. We can be reached at 773-704-0640, or you can arrange an appointment with us online.