cincinnati-air-conditioningWarm weather has returned to the Cincinnati area, and soon another hot summer will be upon us. Inevitably you’ll need to pay more each month for air conditioning than you did in the winter and spring. But just because your bills take a spike in the hot weather doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay more than you absolutely have to for proper cooling. By improving your home’s energy efficiency, you can keep those bills from climbing higher than is necessary. Now is the time to consider improving that efficiency, before the summer hits and the temperatures rise. Here are 3 suggestions to help you out.

How to Improve Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

1. Update Your Insulation

We normally think of insulation as a means to keep our homes warm in the winter: slowing the passage of heat out of the home. But the same process works both ways, which means it keeps heat out in the summer just as well as it keeps heat in during the winter. If your home could use a new layer of insulation, or any parts of the home are lacking insulation, now is a terrific time to correct the oversight. You’ll notice a difference in your air conditioning bills when the summer hits.

2. Install a Whole-Home Dehumidifier

High humidity levels are as much of a problem as high temperatures in the summer, and the results can leech a great deal of energy from your air conditioner. Whenever the relative humidity level rises above 50%, there’s too much ambient moisture in the air to allow the sweat to evaporate off of your skin. That leaves you feeling clammy and gross, and since the evaporation of sweat off of your skin is your body’s main natural way of keeping cool, you’ll feel much hotter as a result.

An air conditioner can compensate for high humidity levels, but it’s not built for such a function, and excessive moisture in the air forces it to work harder to do its job. On the other hand, a whole-house dehumidifier allows you to adjust the humidity levels to your liking, as well as sparing the air conditioner the added strain and wear of dealing with it. Your bills will likely go down and humidity won’t be a problem in your home anymore.

3. Schedule Air Conditioning Maintenance

Maintenance isn’t the same thing as a repair job. Repairs are performed to deal with a specific issue troubling your air conditioner. Maintenance, on the other hand, is designed to spot problems before they start. Most issues with your air conditioner give out clear signs weeks or even months in advance of a breakdown. By spotting them early, the technician can then schedule repairs at leisure, instead of forcing you to scramble when the system shuts down in the middle of a heat wave.

Moreover, maintenance entails the correction of countless little issues which don’t merit a repair call on their own, but which can add up exceptionally quickly. That includes things like loose bolts, clogged filters, leaking refrigerant and dust coating moving parts. Correcting these issues will improve the air conditioner’s performance in summer.

These air conditioning improvements to your Newport, KY home can be performed by the friendly pros at Jacob Bros. Heating & Air Conditioning.

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