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3 Ways to Lower Air Conditioning Costs This Summer

family-in-front-of-houseSummer is on its way, and temperatures in our neck of the woods are already climbing. Soon enough, you’ll be running your air conditioning system every day, and that invariably means paying higher monthly energy costs. But just because you’re paying more to run your AC this summer, that doesn’t mean you should pay more than is necessary. By improving your home’s energy efficiency, you can cut into those bills while still maintaining comfortable temperatures for your family to enjoy.

Some of these steps are very easy and you’re likely already practicing them. For example, you can set your thermostat to 78 degrees instead of 75, wear lightweight clothes, and open the windows in the cool hours of the evening instead of running the AC. If you’re interested in more formal steps, a trained air conditioning technician can help. Here are 3 ways to lower air conditioning costs, not only this summer, but for many summers to come.

1.      Air Filtration Systems

Air conditioners come with filters designed to strain dust and dirt out of the air. They work, but they also require periodic replacing, and when pollutants build up, they can cause all kinds of problems. Dirty filters can restrict the flow of air through your ducts, which not only forces the air conditioner to work harder to do its job, but could damage key components as well.

An electronic air filter makes an excellent solution to the issue. It ionizes dust particles in the air as they pass through the system and causes them to stick to a collection plate. Not only does it do away with messy filters, but it ensures that your air will stay cleaner as well as preventing cooled air from getting bogged down in the system.

2.      Zone Control Systems

Zone controls are a way to give you greater control over your centralized air conditioning system. They’re essentially a series of dampers, installed at key points in your duct system and dividing your home into sections. Controls allow you to set different temperatures in different sections, or even turn off the cool air in parts of the home that no one is using while still running it in occupied sections. That can save you a huge amount in energy bills, and while large homes obviously benefit the most from this technology, any household struggling with monthly air conditioning costs (as well as those with family members constantly squabbling over the thermostat settings) will see results.

3.      Dehumidifiers

Humidity is as much of a problem in our part of the world as high temperatures, and while air conditioners can compensate when the air gets too muggy, it can cost them a lot in wasted energy. Whole-house dehumidifiers provide precise control over the humidity levels in your home, allowing you to adjust ambient moisture levels to your taste. In so doing, you can remove a significant burden from your air conditioner’s workload and lower your monthly bills accordingly

If your Boerne, TX home could benefit from indoor air quality products like these, call D’Spain Sales & Service, Inc. to see about installing them.

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