If your air conditioner is fighting to tackle the hot, humid Durham, North Carolina, summers, there are several ways you can increase its efficiency. Improving AC performance reduces energy usage and enhances indoor comfort. Apart from timely repairs and AC maintenance, you can insulate around windows and doors and use ceiling fans and a programmable thermostat to improve AC efficiency.

Seal Window Leaks

Cracks and gaps around windows and doors let warm air enter during summer. The added heat causes your cooling equipment to work harder. Weatherstripping and caulking are inexpensive ways to stop window leaks and drafts. The Department of Energy estimates that the resulting lower energy bills will substantially offset the cost of sealing leaks.

Turn on Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are an economical way to save energy, but they do not actually cool your home. Instead, they move air to create a wind chill effect and can make you feel several degrees cooler. When you use your ceiling fan, you can raise the thermostat by as much as four degrees without sacrificing comfort. Using a fan along with the air conditioner can also help to regulate humidity. To avoid energy waste, remember to turn off the fan when you leave the room.

Use Programmable Thermostats

Correct thermostat use can lead to as much as 30 percent in savings on energy bills. You can program the device to maintain optimal temperatures whether you’re away from home or asleep. Accurately regulating temperatures according to your schedule will help you to maximize energy savings. Each degree you increase the temperature over an eight-hour period will help to reduce energy consumption. To achieve maximum savings, avoid frequent temperature changes.

Call Regan & Son Heating & Air

Regan & Son Heating & Air is a full-service HVAC contractor, providing new installations, repairs, and maintenance for air conditioning systems. Our home energy inspections identify ways you can reduce energy consumption, so you save money. Call 336-542-5188 to speak with one of our NATE-certified service technicians. We’re happy to help you increase AC efficiency and comfort this summer.

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