With summer rapidly approaching here in Utah, our air conditioners will see increasing use over the next few months. You’re naturally going to be spending more money to keep your home cool than you did earlier in the year, since your air conditioner will be running more often than normal. But just because you will be paying higher bills in the summer doesn’t mean you should pay more than is necessary. You can make timely upgrades to your air conditioning system without replacing it that can make a huge difference to your bottom line. They can also increase your system’s usefulness with added features and other benefits.
- Thermostats. Thermostats have undergone some exciting changes in the last few years, and while older thermostats can go for decades or longer before requiring replacement, you may want to think about trading up just to take advantage of some of the benefits that new models provide. For instance, smart thermostats make automatic adjustments to match your cooling habits, saving money by eliminating other unnecessary waste. Depending on the unit, many also can connect to your home’s Wifi, allowing you to control your HVAC system from anywhere in the world via a remote on your app.
- Zone Control Systems. Zone control systems divide up the ducts in your air conditioning system and separate your home into sections. Each section can be heated or cooled separately from the others. At first, that may seem like just a luxury and it certainly is: it allows different family members to set the temperature in their own areas to suit their tastes and avoids squabbles over the setting on the thermostat. But by extending that principle, the real value of zone control becomes clear. The system allows you to turn off the air in parts of the home that aren’t being used (the bedrooms during the day, for example), while still running it in occupied parts of the home.
- Dehumidifiers. High humidity can put a huge strain on your air conditioner, making the air feel hotter than it is and forcing your system to work overtime to address it. Air conditioners can serve as dehumidifiers by default, but they’re not set up for the job and their efforts to address high humidity are crude and wasteful at best. A whole-house dehumidifier, on the other hand, can deal with the issue the right way – allowing you to set the humidity levels you desire in your home – while easing the strain off of your air conditioner and helping it concentrate on cooling the house without wasting any unnecessary energy.
Now makes an ideal time to put these systems in place. Weather is still relatively cool, which means you can schedule the session at your leisure and not have to worry about going a day without air conditioning. Installing an upgrade now also means that you’ll be able to take full advantage of the benefits the minute the first hot day arrives, and enjoy it all summer long!
For quality air conditioning upgrades in the Orem, UT area, call Skylake Heating & Air today!