How to Effectively Use Your Air Conditioner

Tips to Save Money & Stay Cool

If you’re wondering how to get the most out of your AC system, you’re not alone. It is very common and appropriate to wonder how to most effectively use your air conditioner. Air conditioners are one of the most essential appliances in our lives but they are also one of the most expensive appliances. When you know how to effectively use your air conditioner, you can extend the life of your system, avoid costly repairs and replacements, and lower your monthly electricity bills! In this article, we will give you some tips on how you can truly make your AC system work for you while saving you money and keeping you cool!

Change Air Filter

Check and Change the Air Filter

The most important thing you can do to use your air conditioner economically is to check and change the air filter. Depending on your HVAC system and the cleanliness of your home, your filter could need to be changed as often as once a month or up to once a year. Make sure you know the manufacturer’s recommendations for the size and duration of your air filter. A dirty or clogged air filter will restrict airflow and cause your AC unit to work harder than necessary. This not only wastes energy, increasing your electricity bill but also wears down your system and can lead to costly repairs if neglected.

Use Smart Thermostat or AC Controllers

Using a smart thermostat or AC controller can help you save money on your electricity bill. These devices help to regulate the temperature of your home and prevent your air conditioner from overworking.
If you’re unable to use a smart thermostat, just remember, one of the biggest mistakes people make is setting their thermostats too low in an attempt to cool their homes faster. This does nothing but waste energy and money! Most residential air conditioners can decrease the indoor temperature 15ºF (max of 20°F) lower than the outdoor temperature. The ideal temperature for most homes is around 70ºF, but bumping your thermostat up just a few degrees higher can save you a lot of money in the long run!

Avoid Steep Temperature Changes

Another way to use your air conditioner economically is to avoid making drastic changes to the temperature. Air conditioners work best when they are used to maintain a consistent temperature. Making sudden changes will cause your AC unit to work harder than necessary and waste energy in the process!

Thermostat set to 76 degrees

Use Ceiling Fans Along with Air Conditioners

Another great way to use your air conditioner economically is to use fans along with it. This will help circulate the cool air evenly throughout your home and make it more comfortable. Additionally, fans use much less energy than air conditioners so they’re a great way to save money!

Create Zones

If you have a large home, it may not be necessary to cool every room. You can save money by creating zones in your home and only cooling the rooms that you are using. This way, you’re not wasting energy on cooling rooms that nobody is in!

Keep an Eye on Indoor Humidity

One of the reasons why people use air conditioners is to control indoor humidity. High humidity can make your home feel warmer, so lowering your humidity in warmer months is important for keeping your home comfortable. However, too much or too little humidity can actually make your home uncomfortable. Air conditioners work best when indoor humidity is between 30-50%. You can CLICK HERE to learn more about controlling your home’s humidity.

Effectively Use Your Air Conditioner

Regular Maintenance

Last but not least, one of the best ways to effectively use your air conditioner is to perform regular maintenance. Regular HVAC maintenance should be performed twice a year, once every spring for your AC and once every fall for your furnace. This includes things like cleaning the coils, checking for leaks, and making sure all the parts are in good working order. By scheduling annual maintenance you can help your AC unit run more efficiently, catch issues before they become costly repairs, and extend the lifespan of your system!

We hope these tips help you use your air conditioner more effectively! If you have any questions, would like to schedule a tune-up, or are interested in upgrading to a new high-efficiency system, contact us today. Thanks for reading!

Call the Professionals

HVAC systems are complex so you should leave checkups and repairs to the professionals. Even with a new system, it is important to have biannual services done to make sure your system is running properly. If there is an issue, the technician will be able to identify and correct it before it causes a system failure, costing you thousands of dollars to replace. Regular maintenance will also save you money on your monthly energy bill by keeping your system running at peak performance. 

If you would like to schedule routine maintenance for your HVAC system or are curious about our service packages, visit or call Gnoth & Lukowski Heating & Air Conditioning LLC at (574) 287-3550. We have been serving the South Bend-Mishawaka area for over 30 years and offer 24-hour emergency repair services at no extra charge.