Running your air conditioning keeps your Indianapolis home cool during summer, but it can come at a steep cost. AC uses a lot of power, which can drive up your energy bills. Making sure you have efficient AC can help you keep energy bills lower while still keeping you in a comfortable and cool home.

Remove Debris Around the Outdoor Unit

Vegetation and other kinds of debris can block parts of your HVAC’s outdoor unit. This impedes airflow and forces your AC to run longer in order to keep your home cool. Clearing away debris from each side of your outdoor unit helps your AC run with greater efficiency. This also lowers the risk of having your AC break down during summer.

Clean and Unblock Vents

Having dusty vents or having items blocking vents can make it harder to have efficient AC in your home. Your AC ends up being on more often, leading to more wear and tear, as well as higher energy bills. Dust off vents throughout your home and make sure furniture and other items aren’t blocking them.

Turn the Temperature Up

You might be used to having your thermostat set to a certain temperature during the summer, but changing it can reduce energy usage and improve efficiency. Turn your thermostat up so that your AC won’t run as often, making it an efficient AC. Even raising it just a few degrees can make a noticeable difference in your energy usage.

Check Thermostat Placement

Having a thermostat close to any sources of heat in your home — such as a lamp, window, or stove — can cause your AC to kick on more than it should. Make sure your thermostat is in an area that doesn’t expose it to heat.

Use Clean Air Filters

Replacing a dirty or dusty air filter with a new one can help your AC work more efficiently. Clean air filters allow air to move through your equipment more efficiently while your AC is running.

If you need additional help making sure you have an efficient AC, contact Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. Our HVAC team in Indianapolis provides maintenance to help your equipment run efficiently.