During summer, you likely turn up the air conditioner to keep the home comfortable. However, staying cool in your home shouldn't cause a spike in your energy bill. While you should allow HVAC contractors to make any necessary repairs, you can maximize the efficiency at home with the strategies below.
3 Tips to Improve AC Performance
1. Clean Relevant Areas
Clear away leaves, twigs, bird's nests, and other obstructions on the outdoor unit that could interfere with the airflow. Also, make sure your rugs, furniture, and appliances are not covering the indoor vents of your AC, as this could prevent cold air from circulating inside the home. If you cannot keep some of these items away from the vents, install deflectors to channel the air around the furniture and ensure it reaches the home.
2. Replace the Air Filter
Old and clogged filters restrict your AC's airflow. This problem leads to inefficient cooling, as the fresh air cannot pass through the screen. This forces the AC to work harder to maintain the desired room temperature, which will raise your energy bill. Typically, you should replace the filter every two to three months. However, if you have a large family or pets, it will likely need a replacement once a month. To avoid premature replacement, you can reduce the amount of debris that enters the system by dusting and vacuuming the home regularly.
3. Seal Air Leaks
The air conditioner cannot operate at its full potential if you have gaps and cracks around your windows and doors. This problem allows the conditioned air to escape, which forces the unit to use more energy. To address the problem, you must locate where the leaks are coming from. HVAC contractors often do this by using handheld leak detectors along the suspected problem areas. After identifying any leaks, you can seal them with caulk, weather-stripping, or foam insulation.
Keep your air conditioner in excellent condition with the help of the technicians at Lenox Heating & Cooling in Ross County and Chillicothe, OH. These HVAC contractors have been in the industry for more than 20 years, providing reliable air conditioning repair and maintenance, as well as furnace repairs. They have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau® because they consistently exceed the expectations of their clients. For information about their services, visit the website. Call (740) 702-2665 to schedule an appointment.