There are many ways to increase air conditioning efficiency; some will cost you some money while others will not cost you anything. Replacing your filters and hiring a heating and cooling company to clean your air ducts will cost you some money, but the following methods will not cost you a single dime.
Plugging Air Duct Leaks
If you have a central HVAC system, whether high velocity or low velocity, you need to check the ductwork for holes and gaps between joints. Use duct sealing tape to plug any leaks. This will ensure that heat energy is not lost while being transported to different parts of the house.
Clean the Condenser Unit
The condenser unit of an air conditioning system is normally located outside. This means that leaves and twigs, among other types of debris, may settle on the unit, covering it and causing disruption to air flow in the unit. As a result, the fan’s motor will be forced to work a little bit harder to push air through the condenser coil. A simple way of increasing air conditioning efficiency is to clear the debris and clean the unit to ensure unrestricted air flow.
Keep Heat Sources Away
Air conditioners have thermostats, which are responsible for turning the device on when the room needs cooling, and off when the room is sufficiently cooled. If you put a heat source, like an iron box, near the thermostat, cooling will continue to take place even if the temperature of the room is already cool. For this reason, any item that emits heat should be kept away from the AC thermostat to improve air conditioning efficiency.
Clean Air Filters
If you are able to open the AC unit, you can remove air filters and clean them to get rid of dirt. Clogged filters usually overwork the system forcing it to consume more power to push air through the clogged passageway. Alternatively, you can replace the filter, but this will cost you some money.
With these few tips on improving air conditioner efficiency, cutting down on utility bills is a reality, even for the average homeowner. Call us for all heating and air conditioning needs.