Stay Cool With Some Upgrades
Air conditioning is the key to a comfortable summer. While it may keep you cool, you may be dissatisfied with your AC’s performance. Whether it costs too much or doesn’t work well, there are things you can do to improve your situation.
Here are some upgrades for your cooling system that will help improve performance and save you money.
Install a Smart Thermostat
One of the simplest ways to upgrade your home is to install a smart thermostat. You’ve probably seen these advertised in local hardware stores and online. They are a great tool for automating your HVAC system and taking some of the effort off your plate.
Smart thermostats connect to an app on your phone where you can control your home’s temperature digitally. You can also set up schedules so the temperature lowers at night or raises during the day, depending on your preference.
Smart thermostats help save energy by finely tuning your home’s temperature based on your needs. No more worrying about pre-setting the thermostat before you leave for the day, and you can have temperature adjustment right at your fingertips. Smart thermostats are also built to learn your habits and adjust the temperature setting accordingly. These devices are a little more expensive than basic thermostats but pay for themselves pretty quickly.
Upgrade to Central Air
A central air system has the ability to cover your whole house, and can better manage temperature when compared to standalone systems.
Central air is more convenient and efficient than window or wall units. You can control your whole system from your central thermostat. (And with a smart thermostat, you can control it from your phone).
Central air cools your home much better than window or wall units. While those AC units blow out air into a general location, a central air system strategically distributes cool air throughout vents in your home.
You also don’t need to worry as much about air leaks around where your window or wall AC is mounted, and you don’t need to move them in and out of storage each year.
Add a Ductless Mini Split
If there are any areas of your home that are generally warmer or not accessible by your duct system, a ductless mini-split air conditioner can be a great option. These systems are more powerful than window or wall AC units and don’t require ductwork to operate.
They are perfect for basements, garages, sheds, and new additions to your home. The system works similarly to a heat pump and you can even get one that will switch to a heater in the winter.
Focus on Efficiency
Efficiency, no matter in what form, is the key to a comfortable home. Your AC uses a lot of energy, so it’s important that it uses that energy efficiently as well as performing its intended function. If there isn’t a balance, you’re either paying too much for inadequate cooling or paying less but not getting the service you want.
If you’re nearing the end of your AC’s life, consider upgrading to a high-efficiency AC system. These models, from several popular brands, are recognized as having a high seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER) rating. This rating comes from ENERGY STAR and judges air conditioners based on their energy efficiency.
A high-efficiency AC unit will help reduce your energy bills while maximizing performance. You’ll also have a system that performs better and lasts longer.
Your Memphis AC Experts
At AirMasters Air Conditioning & Heating, we’re dedicated to keeping your home comfortable and maximizing your HVAC efficiency. Contact us today at (901) 295-4434 for more information on how we can improve your AC system.