Air Conditioning Best Practices


Jul 19, 2017

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You can be smart and cool this summer with these AC tips

Have you tried frying an egg on the asphalt yet? It’s been that kind of summer in Warrenton and other cities throughout Northern Virginia. These long days of oppressive heat can start to take a toll on your air conditioner. 

When you’re forced to use your home cooling system around the clock, day after day, you find that your energy bills go up and you may need AC repair in Warrenton sooner than expected — if you planned for it at all. That’s cash out of your pocket simply for keeping your home livable. 

Is it possible to keep your house cool and your costs down? Yes — but it takes a little more strategy than simply throttling the air conditioning to freezer levels whenever you start to feel a little sweaty. Here are some summer air conditioning tips that can help keep you from blowing your retirement fund on your cooling needs.

Start with the machine.

Have your air conditioner or HVAC system checked and tuned at least once a year by a trained professional. Our 5-star technicians make these kind of home inspection calls on a regular basis, and it can save homeowners big money if we’re able to prevent future maintenance issues or solve small problems before you start using your system day after day. 

There are some minor inspection tasks that you can control, too. You can clean the evaporator and condensing coils on your air conditioner. 

You should probably change your air conditioner filter once every three months — more often if you have pets or allergies. A clean, clear filter ensures clean air flows smoothly through your home.

CroppMetcalfe just launched new branches throughout Fauquier County — if you want one of our Warrenton air conditioning repair experts to drop by your home for a quick inspection or service call, simply contact us today.

Location matters!

Do you ever use a window air conditioner? Single-room air conditioners work best when kept out of direct sunlight. Avoid installing these devices in a southwest-facing window if possible. Be sure the vents aren’t blocked by furniture, curtains or rugs, all of which can cut down on air flow. Vent deflectors can help direct and increase the spread of cooled air if you have central air and floor vents.

A whole-house effort

Think about what’s going on throughout your house during the course of a day. Are you operating major appliances during the day’s hottest hours? Running the washer, dryer or dishwasher generates heat, which your air conditioner then must fight. If you limit those chores to cooler parts of the day, less heat is generated. Energy is conserved. Your electrical meter won’t tick quite as fast. 

Close the doors and vents when you leave a room. Keep blinds and curtains closed on hot days. This insulating step can, believe it or not, lower your indoor temperature by up to 20 degrees.  Your AC unit won’t have to work as hard to maintain cool air. 

Does your house feel too dark with the curtains drawn? Switch to LED bulbs in your lamps and lighting fixtures. They’re energy efficient and run cooler than incandescent lights—again, saving you money, and saving wear and tear on your air conditioner.

Degrees make a difference

Many people think that 72 degrees is the ideal average temperature for an air conditioner. One temperature, however, may not suit your entire family. Try different thermostat settings to see what’s comfortable for you — especially if you can milk a few extra degrees out of the thermostat. 

Set it, forget it

Learn to love your programmable thermostat (and if you don’t have one, consider getting one soon). Remember, it’s not magic: for a programmable thermostat to save you on energy costs and air conditioner usage, you need to take the time to do some actual programming. 

You know when your family will be out of the home — program your home temperature to tick up several notches, and then to cool again when you begin to make your return. Change the night settings to take some pressure off of your air conditioner. Change the settings while you are away on vacation. 

In fairness, programmable thermostats can be confusing! If you are in the Fauquier County area, our Warrenton air conditioning repair team will be happy to visit your home and either install a new programmable thermostat or help you make sense of your existing model. 

Talk to the air conditioning experts

CroppMetcalfe serves homeowners in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. Following our recent acquisition of TLC Services, we now service the Warrenton area, as well. We are excited to provide Warrenton air conditioning repair this summer, and many summers to come.

Do you have questions about your air conditioner or HVAC system? Wondering if you need an update? Worried something’s broken? When you need AC repair in Warrenton or anywhere in the Washington, D.C. metro region, call CroppMetcalfe at 1-877-740-6657 or schedule a service appointment online.