Hopefully, you’ve already taken steps to make sure that you have a working air conditioner to rely on for the summer season. It’s good to be sure that your air conditioner is ready to cope with the added demand of keeping your home cool every day for the next few months. However, you should also have a look at some of the ways that you can improve your air conditioner further. There are many ways that you can upgrade your air conditioner in terms of both energy efficiency and comfort. Have a look at some of those options below.
Air Conditioning Maintenance
Perhaps the simplest way to make sure that your air conditioner is as energy efficient as possible over the summer is to schedule preventive maintenance for it. Many of the problems that afflict air conditioning systems develop subtly and can lurk in the unit for months before being brought out by periods of heavy usage (like the summer). Preventive air conditioning maintenance gives your air conditioning technician the opportunity to closely examine the system for issues and solve any they find before they develop far enough to cause serious damage. This will both save you money on repair costs, and ensure that your air conditioner is in top shape to keep you cool over the next few months.
One of the big drawbacks of using a central climate control system is that they only have two settings: on and off. The entire house gets all of the output from the air conditioner—or none of it does. This method of cooling doesn’t account for things like the differences in insulation between rooms, however. It also doesn’t account for sunlight exposure, air flow, and a half-dozen other factors that contribute to each area of the home having different needs when it comes to climate control. A zone control system can help solve those problems.
Zone control splits the ducts in your home up into different zones by using dampers, which are like large valves. The dampers open and close to control the amount of air that flows into each part of the ducts. Each zone created by this system has its own thermostat installed inside it. When the thermostat in a zone detects that it needs cooling, it opens its dampers and activates the air conditioner. This allows the air conditioner to send output only to the areas of the home that actually need it, instead of conditioning the entire house at once. This will both increase the energy efficiency of your air conditioner (by preventing wasting output on areas without a need for it) and give you a much finer degree of control over your own comfort. Installing a zone control system is a great way to upgrade your climate control system for the summer season.