How To Make Sure Your Air Conditioner Is As Efficient As Possible
On July, 19, 2018
When the weather starts to heat up in the summer, it’s very important to make sure that your air conditioner is as efficient as it can be. Your air conditioning is a huge part of your energy costs during the summer months, so lowering your cooling costs can drastically lower all of your energy costs.
An efficient air conditioner will have to work less to cool your home, so you’ll have a more comfortable home for less money. No matter what type of AC unit you have in your home, there are steps you can take to make sure it’s always running at its best.
In some cases, you may need assistance from the professionals at Mike Bryant Heating & Cooling, but here are some ways to make sure that you have the most efficient air conditioner possible:
This first one does require a professional–but it’s well worth it. You should have your air conditioner tuned up at least once a year. Our HVAC Contractor will find any minor repairs you may need and make sure your AC is as healthy as it can be. If you want to get the best performance and the longest life-span from your air conditioner, tune-ups are the best thing you can do.
Clean Your Machine
Your air ducts distribute cold air throughout your home. If your ducts are dirty or clogged, you’ll lose a lot of your efficiency. Cleaning your ducts may require professional help, but you’ll immediately see a huge difference in your energy bills. You’ll also have a much cleaner indoor air quality.
You should change or clean your air filters once every three months during the cooling season to save the most on your energy costs.
Get the Flue
If you have a chimney in your home, make sure the flue is sealed when you’re using any kind of air conditioning. This is frequently overlooked by homeowners, but lots of conditioned air can escape through your chimney.
Ceiling fans can help out a lot with the circulation of air, which can help maintain a cooler temperature and let your AC work a little less. For an even more efficient air conditioner, you can also use booster fans next to the vents to increase circulation.
In any rooms in your home that have appliances which produce heat, like the kitchen or bathroom, ventilation fans can help move hot air outside, which will keep your entire home cooler. This takes a lot of the load off of your air conditioner and can drastically lower your energy costs.
Whether it’s your ducts, your windows, or your doors, any part of your home with any openings should be insulated for the most efficient air conditioner. It may be that older windows need repairs or even replacement in order to be adequately sealed. Making sure your air isn’t escaping from your home is a great way to improve efficiency.
It’s All in the Timing
When it comes to appliances that produce significant heat, try to only use them in the coolest parts of the day. Don’t cook with your oven or use your dishwasher until the evening. This will help keep your home cooler and take some pressure off of your home’s air conditioner.