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In many parts of the country, a central air conditioning system is a necessity. This is especially that case if there are people in the home with health problems. However, some homes have features like multiple floors, large windows or room extensions that can make it difficult and expensive to cool them. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make your air conditioning work more efficiently. Some of these can be used in combination.
In zoning, instead of having a single thermostat that controls all of the cooling in the home, there are several thermostats positioned throughout the home. Each controls the cooling for a section, or “zone”, in the home. When that part of the home requires cooling, the thermostat sends a signal to the air handler, which directs conditioned air to that zone.
Smart thermostats are another way to make your air conditioner more efficient. Unlike older thermostats, smart thermostats can be programmed to have various cooling schedules during the week. For example, you can set them to let the home be slightly warmer when you are away from home. Smart thermostats can be accessed remotely using a phone application, which lets you reset the schedule if there is a change in plans.
Another way to improve the efficiency of your air conditioning system is to change the medium that the heat pump uses for the heat exchange. Normally, this is in air, but you can get much greater efficiencies with a geothermal unit that does the heat exchange underground.
Perhaps the best way to get maximum energy efficiency out of your air conditioning system is to make your own power for it. A small solar powered system on your roof can easily supply all of the power you need to keep your home cool all year.
Finding the right approach for getting greater efficiency from your home air conditioning system can sometimes require consulting a professional. A HVAV technician can use his years of experience and training to find the problems in your system and recommend the best solution.