Air Conditioning Efficiency: Things to Consider for Spring

Air conditioning efficiency and long-term cost savings

Cooling your home is one of the most expensive utility bills you will face as a homeowner. Air conditioning efficiency is an important factor in lowering your home's cooling bills. It is important to regularly check your AC unit to make sure it is running efficiently. Any leaks or blockages can lead to increased energy bills. In warmer climates, like Northern Colorado, families can anticipate spending well over $100 or more per month just on cooling their homes. As spring approaches, homeowners may want to consider how to best keep their energy bills low.

Determining if your AC unit is running efficiently

If you’re interested in determining how efficiently your AC is working you can conduct a simple DIY test – all you will need is a thermometer. First, allow your AC to run for 15 minutes when the outdoor temperature is above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Secondly, place a thermometer on the supply register closest to the inside cooling system and keep it there for at least five minutes, record the final temperature. Finally, place the thermometer by the return vent for five minutes, then record the temperature. The temperature at the return vent should be between 14 and 20 degrees cooler. If the temperature is outside these levels, then your unit may have a block or leaks.

Air conditioning efficiency is very important for homeowners. Keeping your AC unit regularly maintained can have energy-saving benefits. Check your air conditioning unit to make sure it is running efficiently. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact a professional to inspect your unit thoroughly to determine what the problem is. American Air Heating & Air Conditioning can check for leaks or blockages. We can even determine if you need a simple repair or a new, more efficient AC unit for more cost savings. The upfront cost will be well worth the long-term savings you will receive from correcting any air conditioning efficiency issues.