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How to Improve AC Efficiency


With the coming of spring to New England, air conditioners will be seeing a lot more use. And by the time summer hits, your home is likely to need reliable air conditioning each and every day. We’re used to paying higher monthly bills for our air conditioning use in the summer, but take care that those higher bills aren’t hiding any unnecessary costs. The best way to cut down on those bills is to improve the efficiency of your air conditioner, which you can accomplish in a number of ways. We’ve listed a few of the more popular options below.

Schedule a Service Session

We recommend service sessions for any air conditioner in the area each spring. They act as a kind of tune-up for your system, allowing the technician to check for signs of any potential issues that may cause a breakdown at some point in the future. Catching those problems early allows you to schedule repairs at your leisure, and usually results in cheaper repairs to boot, since the damage has had less time to spread.

On top of that, a service session lets the technician take care of any little issues that might not merit a repair call on their own, but which can add up to serious trouble if you let them. Things like loose bolts, clogged filters, moving parts that haven’t been lubricated and leaking refrigerant are easily corrected, and can prevent other more serious problems from arising. In addition, correcting those issues helps the air conditioner do its job more effectively, cutting down on those pesky monthly bills.

Install an Upgrade

Upgrades are additions to your existing air conditioning system that don’t involve replacing the system wholesale. Depending upon the upgrade you get, it could end up saving you a great deal on monthly costs. Every home is different and what works for yours might not work for another. A good technician can make recommendations that suit your needs, however. Such recommendations can include but are not limited to:

  • Zone control systems, which divide your home into sections and allow you to raise or lower the temperature in each section individually. Besides allowing you to set different temperatures to match individual tastes, you can turn off the air in parts of the home you aren’t using, while still running the air in parts of the home that are occupied. That can save a great deal on monthly costs.
  • Dehumidifiers, which allow you to lower the amount of humidity in the air. Air conditioners often take on that task by default, but they’re not set up for it, and the resulting strain makes their jobs a lot harder. Dehumidifiers can ease that strain while providing you more precise control over the level of ambient moisture in your home.
  • Air purifiers, which use ionization to charge any particles of dirt in the air and remove them from the atmosphere. As a result, your air conditioner encounters less dirt to clog filters and interfere with moving parts.

If any of these IAQ products or maintenance services sound like a good fit for your Boston, MA home, have them installed by the pros at Cooling Unlimited, Inc.

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