People in San Jose, CA need their air conditioning for a large portion of the year, but in the winter months homeowners tend to use them less frequently, or not at all. During this off-season homeowners don’t think much about their A/C, which is unfortunate. It is one of the best times to make the repairs and changes you need for better efficiency. Because it isn’t peak season it is easier to schedule service technicians to come out. It is also more convenient because you don’t need your air conditioning. Best of all, you will save money when your A/C kicks back on the following year. Interested? Here are a few ways to boost the efficiency of your air conditioner:
If your bills were getting unmanageable and you noticed issues in the performance of your air conditioning, then now is a great time to finally schedule that repair. You don’t want those problems to get progressively worse and end up spending way more than you need to when the whole system breaks down. Routine service and repair will keep your air conditioning working longer and more efficiently.
Seal Air Leaks
Old homes with old windows and doors are more prone to leaks, but really any home can fail. Gaps around your doors and windows, exposed piping that leads from outside to inside, and leaks in your ducting—all of these combine to allow air and heat both in and out of your home. As a result you are running your HVAC system more often and for longer amounts of time. You are literally throwing your money right out the window instead of keeping heating or conditioned air in your living space. Consider getting an energy audit on your home to discover the more prominent leaks and get them sealed.
Understand your Thermostat
Aside from the basic heat, cool, and off selections, many people do not take the time to understand and use the programming features on their thermostat. This also means they probably don’t know how to use their heating and air conditioning in an efficient way. This can be a big deal in the summer when your A/C is one of the largest expenses for the year. So take a moment and get to know how to control the settings on your thermostat. Read the manual, and if you can’t find a hard copy you can probably locate one online or request one from the manufacturer. Then set your heating or air conditioning to work less while you are away and heat and cool your home just before you arrive back. Or if you don’t have a programmable thermostat, you might look at getting an upgrade.
Upgrade your Thermostat
Think of all the times you have forgotten to manually change the thermostat when you leave for the day or go to sleep at night. Imagine how useful it would be to have the thermostat control the temperature, even while you are away. Today there is a wide range of smart thermostats for your home. Some thermostats you program to match your routines, some can learn your routines, and some you can even control through an app on your phone. Each one makes it easier for you to improve efficiency and save money.
If you are looking to schedule air conditioning repair on San Jose, CA or upgrade your thermostat contact (408) 800-2791. At Pelle Heating and Air Conditioning we know our success is dependent upon our ability to exceed your expectations. We provide the highest quality products at fair pricing. You can stop by 3751 Charter Park Court #D, San Jose, CA 95136 with any questions you might have.