The U.S. Department of Energy reports that air conditioning and heating account for nearly 50 percent of your home’s energy use. When those hot days hit, your air conditioner has to work at peak performance to keep you comfortable. Here are a few tips to help your air conditioning be more efficient and keep your utility bills in check.

Clean Your Air Filters

Clogged air filters block airflow and cause your air handler to work harder to compensate. In addition to the increased strain on your equipment, dirty air filters can lead to uneven cooling, frozen evaporator coils, and inadequate filtering of dust and debris that trigger allergies and create unhealthy air.

Check Your Condensate Line

Although a condensate line seems relatively unimportant, it plays a vital role in AC efficiency. If the line gets clogged, moisture builds up inside your unit and turns to ice. This ice buildup can result in a breakdown of your unit and costly AC repairs.

Schedule Regular Air Conditioning Maintenance

A neglected air conditioner has to work harder and longer to provide the degree of comfort your family wants and deserves. In fact, studies show that half of AC system failures stem from lack of air conditioning maintenance. An AC tuneup ensures that your system works at peak efficiency when you need it the most.

Maintaining your AC investment doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. Following these tips helps you increase the efficiency of your system, avoid uncomfortable downtime due to repairs, and save money on electric bills. For more information on how the professionals at Fontenot’s Air Conditioning & Heating can keep your family fresh and comfortable, check out our Energy Savings Plan or call and talk with a comfort specialist today at (337) 706-9469.