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You May Be Overworking Your A/C — Reduce It’s Load with These Tips

Summer temperatures mean that if you’re home during the day you’ll likely need to run your A/C, even if you do all the right things like leaving your windows open during the coolest parts of the evening and use efficient ceiling fans to cool your home. Unfortunately, if you’re running your air conditioning during the warmest parts of the day chances are you could overworking your A/C. Use these tips from Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions Team to help you keep from overworking your A/C this summer and keep your energy bills from going through the roof.

  • Consider the humidity in your area. If you live in a humid area you’ll need to reduce the humidity in your home to make your space more comfortable. You can even do this at a higher temperature because it’s the humidity that’s making you uncomfortable. If your A/C doesn’t have humidity control, consider adding a dehumidifier to rooms you spend the most time in.
  • Get your A/C system serviced at the beginning of the summer before you turn it on. Simple problems in your A/C could make your system have to work a lot harder to simply cool your home. You may not notice, but this can put strain on your A/C that causes parts to fail quickly, resulting in costly repairs.
  • Change your air filters regularly. Most air conditioning systems require a filter change about once per month. Ideally you’ll want to buy one with a minimum efficiency rating value (MERV) of 6 or higher.
  • Have your ducts checked. Leaking air ducts can cause you to lose between 20 and 40-percent of the cool air that your air conditioner is putting out. That’s a huge loss and you’ll have to run your air longer or at a higher temperature to properly cool your home if you have leaking ducts.

Contact Rinaldi’s Energy Solutions Team for more information reducing your A/Cs workload this summer. We have been providing outstanding customer service to the Orlando, Melbourne, Titusville, Cocoa beach and Merritt Island areas for more than 40 years, and we look forward to serving you too.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Orlando, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about A/Cs and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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