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How to Increase Your AC’s Efficiency

When the weather gets hot, your air conditioner has to work much harder to keep your home cool and comfortable. We’ve put together some increased air conditioner efficiency tips from the HVAC professionals at AIS Heating & Air Conditioning to help you keep your utility bills as low as possible during the hotter months of the year.

If you’d like to learn more about improving your AC efficiency, call the AIS experts at (510) 792-4328.


Preventive maintenance should be scheduled at least once a year to keep your equipment running smoothly and efficiently, which prevents energy waste and mechanical breakdowns. Regular maintenance, including duct cleaning, maximizes the efficiency of your air conditioner by helping it not to work as hard to cool your home. Maintenance appointments also allow our certified technicians to spot problems before they can cause a full system failure.

Contact AIS at (510) 792-4328 to schedule an HVAC maintenance appointment today.

Install a Zone Control System

Some homes are more difficult to cool than others. Installing a zoning system can increase your comfort along with your air conditioner’s efficiency. A zoning system splits up your home into different sections, or zones, that can be cooled separately from each other. This allows you to cool some areas more than others or skip cooling unused areas of your home at all, which results in drastically reduced electric bills.

For a free zoning estimate, call AIS at (510) 792-4328 or conveniently contact us online.

Reduce Humidity

Your home’s AC unit does have dehumidifying abilities, but it’s not truly designed to serve that purpose. As a result, when there’s too much humidity in the air, your system has to work twice as hard to cool your home, which negatively impacts efficiency and can raise your utility bills. A whole-house dehumidifier helps to increase your HVAC system’s efficiency as well as prevent issues that accompany high humidity, like mold and mildew, structural damage, warped flooring, and peeling wallpaper.

Call AIS at (510) 792-4328 to learn more about reducing the humidity in your home to maximize your air conditioner’s efficiency.

Are Your Ducts Sealed?

Another way to ensure your air conditioner’s efficiency is to properly seal (and regularly clean) your home’s ductwork. Leaky air ducts can cause a drastic spike in your energy bills. Ducts sealed with fiberglass insulation trap cold air inside where it belongs and keep hot air out of the system for maximum cooling within your home.

Do your home’s ducts need to be sealed? Call AIS at (510) 792-4328, or contact us online for a free consultation.

Protect Your Outdoor AC Unit from the Sun

Direct sunlight can cause the outdoor portion of your HVAC system to become overheated, which means it has to work harder to produce cold air within your home. An air conditioning unit that remains cool can work up to 16% more efficiently. The best way to protect your HVAC system from the sun is to install a cover over your outside equipment to keep it shaded. The shade from a tree is also fine, but take care to ensure leaves don’t fall on your unit.

If you have questions about protecting your air conditioner from the sun, call the professionals at (510) 792-4328.

Why Choose AIS for Your Bay Area HVAC Needs?

Family-owned and -operated, we’ve built our company on referrals, and your satisfaction is our top priority. We are dedicated to providing the best service, straightforward pricing, and the highest quality products to our customers. We’re happy to offer free estimates, so you’ll always know the full price for a project before it begins, and we never charge by the hour. We also offer energy audits to help you reduce your energy bills.

Contact AIS at (510) 792-4328 to learn more about saving money on your utility bills by maximizing your air conditioner’s efficiency today!

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