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Beat the Dallas–Fort Worth Heat: Tips for Maximizing AC Efficiency

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Summers in the Dallas–Fort Worth area can be downright sweltering, with average temperatures soaring past 95 degrees Fahrenheit. As the temperatures outside rise, many families turn to their air conditioning systems for relief.

However, all that increased cooling demand can result in higher utility bills. So, how can families strike a balance between cooling comfort and energy efficiency?

In this blog post, the AC experts at AirCo offer six tips on maximizing your air conditioner’s efficiency while still enjoying optimal comfort indoors all season.

1. Repair AC Issues Immediately

When you have an AC problem, it’s important to have it addressed by a professional as quickly as possible. Allowing problems to persist with your air conditioner can have dire consequences for its performance and energy efficiency.

Reach out to a cooling repair specialist the moment you experience:

  • Banging, grinding, or squealing noises
  • Frequent cycling
  • Moldy or burning odors
  • No cool air
  • Water leaks
  • Weak airflow

2. Use a Programmable Thermostat

One of the best ways to achieve optimal energy efficiency is to use a programmable thermostat. These devices allow you to create a cooling schedule based on when you’re active in your home. This way, you’re only using the AC when family members are home.

By creating a cooling schedule, you can minimize energy waste and reduce your utility bills while still ensuring total comfort indoors.

3. Check Your Window & Door Insulation

Gaps or cracks near your windows and doors can cause the conditioned air to escape from your home. These air leaks can make your AC work harder than necessary to keep your indoor environment cool.

By strengthening the insulation in your windows and doors, you can minimize this issue, bolstering the efficiency of your system and helping you avoid premature wear and tear.

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4. Change Air Filters Regularly

One of the most common culprits for AC energy efficiency issues is a clogged or dirty air filter. Clogged filters can hinder airflow, forcing your system to work harder to meet your thermostat setting, potentially leading to overheating.

This is why replacing or cleaning your air filters at the recommended intervals (typically once every 90 days) is critical. By keeping up with regular air filter changes, you can increase your system’s energy efficiency while enjoying optimal comfort indoors.  

5. Use Ceiling Fans

If you have ceiling fans in your home, it’s recommended that you use them during summer to complement your AC. Using a ceiling fan can strengthen the circulation of conditioned air throughout your space, helping you reduce your reliance on your AC.

That reduced reliance directly translates to lower energy bills for your home without sacrificing your comfort.

6. Schedule Routine AC Maintenance

It’s important to stick to a regular AC maintenance schedule. We recommend scheduling an AC tune-up at least once a year, preferably at the end of winter or early spring, to beat the seasonal rush.

By having your air conditioner professionally serviced each year, you can enjoy:

  • Increased energy efficiency
  • Reduced repair requests
  • Improved system performance
  • Extended system lifespan
  • Protected manufacturer warranty

Choose AirCo for AC Services in the DFW Metroplex

Whether you need a programmable thermostat installed, an issue diagnosed and repaired, or an annual AC tune-up, AirCo has the cooling technicians you need to ensure maximum energy efficiency and comfort all season.

With same-day service availability and no charge for overtime, nighttime, or weekend services, you can rest assured that your air conditioning troubles will be addressed in no time, restoring total comfort to your home.

Maximize energy efficiency in your home. Contact our team today to schedule AC services in the Dallas–Fort Worth area.

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