Are You Using Your Solar Air Conditioner Efficiently?


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Of course, by the very nature of having a solar-powered air conditioner, you’re helping to boost your home’s energy efficiency. Unfortunately, though, there are still things you can be doing–even small things–that contribute to poor energy use, and therefore you end up spending more money than you should from month to month.

Summer is right around the corner and you want to make sure that your solar-powered air conditioner is ready for it! This means first ensuring that you schedule routine maintenance for the system. Air conditioner maintenance should be conducted by the pros once a year to ensure that the system performs well and doesn’t have any repair issues that need addressing right away.

With or without maintenance though, and whether your air conditioner is powered by the sun or you’re using the traditional electrical grid,here are some ways to use your cooling system more efficiently:

Raise the Temperature

Look, we get it. This sounds like really odd advice. Why should you make it hotter than you actually want it in your home? Here’s the deal–many homeowners actually make it colder than it needs to be! In order to maintain optimal comfort, most families are actually perfectly fine with their thermostat setting being around 78°F. However, homeowners often set it to 71-72°F instead, thinking this will help cool the home down faster.

All it really does, however, is make the air conditioner run longer. You can save energy, and subsequently save cash, by raising the temperature to a more reasonable level. You can also save energy by raising the temperature when you are not at home or when you’re sleeping–both times you don’t actually need the system.

Utilize Those Celing Fans

You probably already know this, but fans cannot lower the temperature of a room. What ceiling fans can do, however, is help your body feel cooler. This is because fans help sweat evaporate off of your skin in order to keep you cool. So, you can turn your thermostat up a couple of degrees and therefore use less energy that way.

This is because when you use your cooling system in combination with your ceiling fans, the fans push cool air down and distribute it more evenly, while helping the warm air rise–and this results in more effective and efficient air conditioning use.

Change Your Air Filter!

Did you know that the air filter that comes standard with your HVAC system is actually not there to protect your indoor air quality? Instead, it is in place near the air conditioner’s intake so that when the AC system pulls in warm air from your home, it doesn’t pull in contaminants and debris in with it that could harm the interior components of the cooling system.

When the air filter gets too clogged, airflow gets restricted and the air conditioner may have to run longer to do its job, and therefore less efficiently.

Make the most of your solar energy in Santa Rosa, CA by using your attached appliances as efficiently as possible. Contact Jonas Energy Solutions today for expert HVAC and solar services!

Customer Reviews

Saira Khan
Saira Khan
2024-07-02
I can't recommend Jonas enough. We were fortunate to have Yohannes come to service our AC unit. He did such an amazing job. He was quick, efficient, kind, compassionate, and extremely well-versed in his field. We had previously had a different HVAC "specialist" "service" our unit. The previous "technician" was completely inept, overcharged me, and left me without operational HVAC. Yohannes did the exact opposite. Our senior dogs were really struggling in the heat of our house and now can be comfortable and happy with the cool air blowing once again. Thank you, Jonas Energy Solutions. And a huge thank you to Yohannes Gebrezgi who did the best job for our family. He's the best!
Kathleen Lynch
Kathleen Lynch
2024-07-02
Jonas's service technician Cliff has been to our home twice within a year to maintain our Mitsubishi mini-splits. He is professionally trained to work on these units, his work area is always neat, he's available for questions, he wears a mask at our request, and overall does a great job keeping our units running smoothly and is a nice person.
Annette Higday
Annette Higday
2024-07-01
Cliff did a great job checking our generator. Very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. So glad we signed up for the Jonas Service.
Traci Munion
Traci Munion
2024-06-28
Jonas takes care of all my energy needs whether it’s for work or at my personal residence. Hard working professional staff that are always on time and charge a fair price for exceptional service. Traci M
Audra Van Patten
Audra Van Patten
2024-06-28
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Luke A
Luke A
2024-06-27
We had a great experience with Jonas today. We had our system inspected by their technician Yohanis. He was polite, respectful and paid attention to my concerns. This inspection didn't turn up much, but he did find a disconnected run of ducting under the house. He repaired the disconnection and, of course, the air is blowing much better in the affected rooms. The price was right and service was great. Yohanis even read a short story to my youngest. Thank you Jonas. They will be my first HVAC company to call in the future.
Michelle Polson
Michelle Polson
2024-06-26
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John Mercurio
John Mercurio
2024-06-25
The man that came over the house to take care of the Generator was a perfect gentleman and well mannered
Glory Mitchell
Glory Mitchell
2024-06-22
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