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September 16, 2016

Tips for Running Your Air Conditioner in the Fall

School and football are back in full swing, the nights are turning cool, and pumpkin-spice-flavored everything has reappeared. After the blistering heat of the summer months, our thoughts turn eagerly to fall. But just because the calendar says autumn is a week away doesn’t mean we can shut off the air conditioners just yet. While the nights are cool, the temperature can still climb high enough during the day to make air conditioning necessary. So how do you keep your home comfortable without straining your air conditioner – or your energy bill? Here are our tips for running your Wilmington air conditioner this fall:

Turn Up Your Thermostat

Most people keep their homes between 68-72 degrees during the summer. Raising your thermostat just 2 degrees can translate to savings on your energy bill. And by keeping your thermostat closer to the outside temperature – while still keeping your home comfortable – your system will not be working as hard.

Many people think turning their system off entirely saves the most energy and is better for their system, but this actually makes your air conditioner work much harder when you turn it back on. And working harder for longer periods of time is a leading cause of early system failure.

Take Advantage of Your Thermostat’s Automatic Setting

Thermostats generally have two settings: one that keeps your air conditioning running until you shut it off, and another – automatic – that shuts off the unit once your home reaches a certain temperature. By using the automatic setting, your air conditioner will only run when absolutely necessary and you don’t have to worry about constantly adjusting to keep up with fall’s temperature spikes and drops.

Put Your Ceiling Fans to Use

Sometimes you need to keep the air in your home moving more than you need air conditioning. By using ceiling fans to circulate cool air, it is easier to tolerate a warmer temperature on your thermostat. It also relieves some of the strain on your Wilmington AC unit and your energy bill.

Keep Your Outdoor Unit Clear

As the autumn winds start blowing, leaves, branches, and other debris can quickly pile up around your unit. These can restrict airflow and put strain on your unit, causing breakdown or early failure. As you rake your yard, be sure to take a moment to clean around your outdoor unit.

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