Simple Tips for a More Efficient Air Conditioner

Keep Air Conditioning Effective And Efficient

With the warm summer months approaching, there’s not much that you can ask for from an air conditioner, other than cool air, low energy bills, and consistent functioning. At the end of the day, however, all of these desired qualities point back to the efficiency of your home air conditioning system. If your air conditioner is working in an efficient manner, your home will be in better shape. Here are a few inexpensive or even free ways to improve the efficiency of your air conditioning.

Clean The Outdoor Condenser Unit

The outdoor condenser unit of your air conditioner does a lot of work, so it will be at its best if it is kept clean and clear of debris that may build up in and around the system. Common yard clutter that can find its way into your outdoor unit includes leaves, twigs, grass, and more. If you keep your outdoor condenser unit clean and free of these items, your air conditioner will work more efficiently for months to come.

Vacuum Indoor Vents

When you are running the vacuum, go over the vents as well as flooring to get rid of any dust and debris. You will have a steadier airflow if the vents are clean, as the air can more easily flow into your home,. You’ll also want to keep furniture, toys, blinds, and other things from blocking the vents.

Increase The Thermostat Temperature

If you have a programmable thermostat, it’s easy enough to save money, as well as energy, by raising the temperature a few degrees at different times of the day to give your air conditioning a break. When you are asleep, or away from the house, try raising the temperature, as it can help your unit run in a more efficient manner.

Keep Heat Away From The Thermostat

Where is your thermostat located? Do you have a lamp nearby or another item that produces heat? The thermostat itself needs to be free and clear from items that produce heat, as they may be telling the unit that your house has to be cooled further. This causes the system to run more and work harder than necessary.

Change Filters

Your air conditioning unit is pushing air through the filters on a regular basis. When those filters are dirty, then it is harder for the air conditioner to push the air through. Change the filters regularly, especially during the heavy-use seasons, and your air conditioning will operate more efficiently.

Close Blinds

When the sun streams into your home, it can get very hot. You want natural light at times, but if you aren’t going to be home, or if you are doing something in another part of the house, keep the blinds closed on the side of the house that gets the most direct sunlight. You can keep the heat from warming your home and causing your air conditioner to run more.

Get Air Conditioning Inspections

Another great way to maintain efficiency is through regular inspections and tune-ups. The professionals at Stephens Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning can recognize small things that could be repaired or cleaned to improve the efficiency of your unit all summer long.