During the summer, your air conditioner provides a cool break from the afternoon heat. However, time, heavy use, and a lack of maintenance can make it run less efficiently. Not only does this affect the overall comfort level of your home, but it also increases your energy bills. Below are a few quick solutions to common HVAC efficiency issues.
How to Boost Your Air Conditioner’s Performance
1. Replace the Air Filter
The easiest and most cost-effective way to improve your air conditioner's efficiency is by changing the air filter regularly. This component traps dust, debris, pollen, and other contaminants before they can circulate throughout your home.
If you don't change the filter regularly, this debris can accumulate, slowing the system and causing your AC to work harder to cool the home. To ensure your HVAC is running at maximum capacity, change the air filter at the beginning and end of every running season, as well as every month while in heavy use.
2. Adjust the Thermostat
When temperatures rise, you may want to set the thermostat as low as possible. However, keeping the temperature a few degrees warmer will provide adequate cooling, saving you energy and money. With a programmable device, you can set a schedule that automatically adjusts the thermostat. This will provide additional cooling while you’re home, and increase the temperature when the family is out of the house for the day.
3. Clean the Condenser Unit
Most central air conditioners are a two-part system, which includes the ductwork and vents inside and an outdoor condenser that houses the compressor, cooling fins, and fan. The outdoor unit draws air, cools it, and sends it through your ductwork. However, it can collect leaves, twigs, dirt, and debris that clog the system, causing it to operate less effectively.
To prevent this, sweep any debris that gathers around the unit, then use a soft brush vacuum to clean anything that accumulates on its exterior. To help prevent debris from entering the condenser, clear an area of two feet around each side to allow maximum airflow.
Routine maintenance is the best way to ensure your HVAC is running efficiently. For professional air conditioner servicing and repairs, contact Butler Heating & Air in West Plains, MO. For over 20 years, their skilled team of HVAC technicians has been providing high-quality maintenance, repairs, and installations for residential and commercial customers. Call (417) 256-7984 to schedule an appointment. Visit the website to learn more about their services.