Although you may not list “air conditioner” as one of the great pleasures of the summer, you still connect the two in your mind. You just can’t relax and enjoy the hot months without having the retreat of a comfortably cool home.
If you’re wondering if you can make your AC better, we have some suggestions. We can help your AC provide you with better and more energy-efficient cooling. The right improvements depend on the current situation you have with your AC, but here are some suggestions.
Get it repaired
Okay, if the reason you want better air conditioning is because your current one seems like it’s no longer doing the job it should, then we can help improve it by repairing it. You shouldn’t just shrug at getting less cooling from your air conditioner and push the thermostat down lower to try to deal with it. The sooner you have these problems addressed, the better it is for your AC’s future and for your pocketbook.
Upgrade to a cutting-edge thermostat
If you have an old manual thermostat, or basic digital thermostat with only two programmable settings, upgrading to the newest in Wi-Fi and “smart” thermostats can make a huge difference in how the AC cools your home. (And it works for the heating system as well.) Advanced thermostats give you better options, the ability to control the thermostat from almost anywhere you have an internet or phone connection, and smart programming that maximizes energy savings and comfort at the same time. Please only allow professionals to upgrade your thermostat, since putting in the wrong type of controls can damage the HVAC system.
Seal the air ducts
Have you ever had the ductwork of your home tested? If not, we strongly recommend having it done, because you could have air leaks in the ventilation system and not even know it. Those leaks steal away part of the cooled air from the air conditioning system—that’s air you’ve paid to cool that isn’t reaching the living spaces. Leaking air ducts are a major cause of HVAC inefficiency, but you can conquer the problem with professional duct sealing.
Add a ductless mini split for a hard-to-cool spot
Do you have a place in your house you just can’t keep as cool as the rest of the rooms? It could be a room with too little insulation or light exposure on the second floor, or a room without a connection to the ventilation system. There’s a simple solution that doesn’t require blocking a window with a little AC unit: put in a ductless mini split.
Replace the AC with a new one
This is the biggest possible improvement, and one you’ll only want to choose if you have to. But sometimes you have to, and it’s important to know when to give up on an air conditioning system that’s past the point of working effectively and efficiently. If your AC is over 10 years old, it might be time to replace it. Ask our professional for an expert opinion on the best next step to take.