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Tips for Helping Your Central Air Save Energy

P. Gagnon & Son’s expert service help your central A/C run at peak efficiency

central air Kittery, ME For homeowners, improving the energy efficiency of their central air conditioning system can have a significant impact. Not only does it help reduce your carbon footprint, but it also ensures you’re making smarter financial decisions by saving on energy bills.

P. Gagnon & Son is the Seacoast Region’s leader in expert air conditioning installation and service.

In this comprehensive guide, we will walk you through the essential steps and habits that can help make your central air system a pinnacle of energy efficiency.

Central A/C energy consumption

Central air systems are designed to cool your entire house from a central point, typically located within your home, using a system of ducts to circulate cool air. This system is a closed loop, ensuring that the air quality and temperature remain consistent throughout.

Understanding the elements that contribute to energy consumption is key to knowing where to make changes. Insulation, duct system efficiency, and the age and condition of your HVAC unit can impact how much energy your central air system uses.

Tips for optimizing central air conditioning efficiency

Regular maintenance and service: Scheduling routine maintenance with a professional ensures that your system is running at peak efficiency. This often includes cleaning components, lubricating moving parts, and checking for leaks or inefficiencies.

Proper insulation and sealing: If your home is not properly insulated or sealed, cool air can escape, forcing your system to work harder to maintain the desired temperature. Upgrading insulation and sealing leaks can significantly reduce this effect.

Smart thermostat usage: Investing in a smart thermostat allows for precise temperature control and the ability to schedule temperature adjustments. You can adjust settings based on your daily routine, reducing the system’s workload when less cooling is needed.

Air filter replacement: Clogged air filters can severely restrict airflow, making your system work harder to cool your home. Regularly changing these filters, usually every one to three months, maintains optimal air quality and energy efficiency.

Setting appropriate temperature levels: Keeping your home just a few degrees warmer in the summer can lead to substantial energy savings. Smart and programmable thermostats can help with this, allowing you to set a range and forget about it.

Proper use of blinds and curtains: During the hottest parts of the day, closing blinds and curtains can help reduce the heat coming in through windows, which can lessen the load on your central air system.

Unplugging electronics: Electronics and appliances continue to draw power even when they’re turned off. Unplugging them when not in use, or using power strips that can be switched off, can help save on your energy bill.

Utilizing natural ventilation: When the weather is mild, opening windows and using fans can help cool your home without your central air system. This is especially effective in the evenings and early mornings.

Cost-effective upgrades and investments

Energy-efficient central A/C: If your current central air system is older, consider replacing it with a more energy-efficient model. Look for units with high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings, as they are more efficient.

Programmable thermostats: In addition to smart thermostats, simple programmable ones can have a significant impact on energy savings. They are user-friendly and can be set to adjust temperature settings based on your schedule.

Smart home integration options: Integrating your HVAC system with a smart home hub can give you even more control over your system’s energy consumption. You can remotely adjust settings or have your system learn your preferences and adjust itself accordingly.

With service from P. Gagnon & Son, you can be assured that your home’s central air conditioning will keep your home cool and your energy costs down. Contact us to learn more.