8 Efficiency Tips for Your Central Air Conditioning

Written on: July 1, 2024

Save money with home cooling by improving your energy efficiency.

central air conditioning queens, ny How much of the day is your central air conditioning system running now that summer is here?

In the U.S., air conditioning is the largest consumer of residential electricity — and electricity isn’t exactly cheap. OSI Comfort Specialists is here to help customers in Queens, Nassau County and western Suffolk County to keep their homes cool while reducing their energy spending. Please allow us to suggest these eight simple ways to make your A/C usage more energy efficient.

1. Change Your Air Filters

One of the simplest and most impactful things you can do for your home cooling system is to check its air filter monthly. A dirty filter could restrict the flow of cooled air into your home and make your A/C work harder. The end results are higher energy bills, more system issues and worse indoor air quality. If your filter is dirty, clean it or replace it, based on your product’s instructions.

2. Keep your Ceiling Fans Moving

Ceiling fans can create a wind chill type effect by moving air around. Your rooms will feel cooler, and you can use your A/C less often. Plus, you can run a ceiling fan all day for pennies.

3. Keep Your Outdoor Equipment Clear

The outdoor unit of your central A/C system needs room to breathe. Always ensure that there is 18 to 30 inches of clear space around it. Never stack hoses, gardening tools or anything else on top of it, and hose it off for just a minute if it gets covered in grass clippings, dirt or other yard debris.

4. Stop Duct Losses

Did you know that over 30% of A/C-related energy consumption can come from cooled air escaping through leaky ductwork? Bringing in a professional to look at your aging ducts could pay off big, with increased energy efficiency for years to come.

5. Invest in a Programmable Thermostat

One of the most important tools you have for ensuring efficient cooling in your house is your thermostat. The Department of Energy says that households can lower their heating and cooling costs by 10% just by setting back their thermostats 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day.

Get a programmable thermostat and pre-program these temperature adjustments to happen when you’re asleep or out of the house.

6. Keep Your Blinds Closed During the Day

Sunlight coming through your windows can really heat up your home. You can help your rooms stay consistently cool without needing to blast the A/C all day by keeping your blinds and curtains closed in the afternoon.

7. Arrange an A/C Tune-Up

The better you treat your cooling equipment, the longer it will last, and the more efficiently it will run. We recommend you arrange annual A/C maintenance from one of our HVAC professionals. Not only will we keep your system running efficiently, but we can also catch lingering issues that lead to breakdowns if left unattended. Plus, if you enroll in one of our air conditioning service plans, your tune-up is included.

8. Upgrade to a More Efficient System

How old is your central A/C equipment? If it’s more than a decade old, you’re likely missing our technological advancements that can considerably lower your annual cooling costs. Come to OSI Comfort Specialists, and we’ll help you find a replacement product that will keep you reliably cool all summer while lowering your electric bills in the process.

Don’t wait for your current cooling system to break down on you. Contact OSI Comfort Specialists to arrange service or discuss an A/C upgrade.