How to Take Advantage of Your Air Conditioner’s Efficiency 04/05/2016 Now that spring is here, we’ll start experiencing an increase in warm days in Cedar Rapids. It’s a great time to check your air conditioner’s efficiency. We have some basic ideas for you to fully take advantage of the benefits of your air conditioner’s efficiency and increase its lifespan. Change Your Air Conditioner Filter 1.You’ve heard this time and time again, but replacing your air conditioner’s filter is so important. Even ENERGY STAR® recommends changing it monthly. You may need to exchange your filter more or less frequently, per your manufacturer’s instructions. If you take a look at your filter each month, you’ll begin to determine how regularly you should change it. Air will flow more freely through your house when you have a clean filter. You’ll see enhanced air quality and an increase in air conditioner efficiency. Gathering of dust and debris inside your system will push it work harder. More work could lead to a decreased lifespan for your system. Make Sure Your Ducts Are Sealed Properly If your ducts contain any leaks, holes or poor connections, it’ll be more difficult for your system to efficiently move air throughout your house. And even though your air conditioner will be working extra, you still may not be as comfortable as you would prefer. If you are wondering how well-sealed your ducts are, talk to the professionals at Ilten's Incorporated. We can assist you. Install a Programmable Thermostat To lower your cooling costs, take time to look into a programmable thermostat. Why waste money cooling your home when you aren’t around? You can find an variety of different programmable thermostats and should have no challenges finding one that meets your lifestyle needs. Schedule Your Annual Tune-Up It’s not hard to forget the benefits of an annual tune-up when your air conditioner is operating as it should. Yearly tune-ups have the ability to keep your air conditioner as efficient as possible and can help add years to its lifespan. Zoned Heating If you would like individual control over the temperature of different rooms in your home, a zoned heating and cooling system can accomplish that with multiple programmable thermostats. This can help enhance your air conditioner efficiency and save on energy costs. Half of the energy used in your home goes to your heating and cooling, so efficiency is critical. At Ilten's Incorporated, we can help ensure your heating and cooling system is operating at its best. Call our experts today to schedule your annual air conditioner service or if you have any concerns about your home comfort system. We can be reached at 319-363-0283, or you can set up an appointment with us online.