Sloane Realty Blog

How to Maximize Your AC for Comfort and Efficiency!

Savannah Hamby - Friday, July 14, 2023
Property Management Blog

It is a hot Summer this year! We are heading into a weekend with projected temperatures nearing record highs. We understand the importance of maintaining a comfortable indoor environment.   Air conditioners can struggle to maintain indoor temperatures, even when the unit is functioning properly, and this can cause stress and worry for tenants.  Supply houses are closed on the weekends, which means that the part needed to repair a unit may not be immediately available.  Our AC service technicians are working as quickly as they can to address all reported issues.

To help you make the most of your air conditioning system, we have compiled a list of tips and best practices for optimal use. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy enhanced cooling performance while promoting energy efficiency and prolonging the lifespan of your air conditioner.

Optimal Temperature Settings: Set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature that suits your preferences without overcooling the space unnecessarily. Every degree you raise the thermostat can result in energy savings. Consider keeping the temperature between 72-78°F (22-25°C) for a balance between comfort and efficiency.

Reduce the Introduction of Hot, Humid Air: Ensure your doors and windows stay securely closed as much as possible.  The introduction of hot, humid air to the interior of your property makes the air conditioner work harder to reduce the temperature and humidity levels.  Keeping doors and windows secured will  reduce the workload on your air conditioner.

Air Filter Maintenance: Regularly clean or replace your air conditioner's filters according to the manufacturer's instructions. Dirty filters obstruct airflow, reducing the system's efficiency and potentially causing damage. Clean filters promote better indoor air quality and improve overall performance.

Zoning and Airflow Optimization: Close doors and vents in rooms that are unoccupied or require less cooling. This directs the cool air more efficiently to the areas where it's needed the most.
Shield from Sunlight: Use curtains, blinds, or shades to block direct sunlight from entering your home. This prevents heat buildup and reduces the workload on your air conditioner.
Reduce Heat-Generating Appliances: Minimize the use of heat-generating appliances during the hottest hours of the day. Ovens, stoves, and clothes dryers produce heat, increasing the workload on your air conditioner.

Regular System Checks: Periodically check your air conditioner for any visible signs of damage or leaks. If you notice anything unusual, promptly contact our office to address the issue.
Do Not Turn of Your System: in extreme weather, do not turn off your unit or allow the temperature to increase inside the house.  It takes a lot of energy and time to cool a house one degree.  Keeping the temperature consistent will help reduce the workload on your air conditioner.

By implementing these tips, you can optimize your air conditioner's performance, and contribute to a more sustainable environment.

Stay cool!