As you get ready to crank your air conditioner this summer, ensure the system is working as efficiently as possible. There are many maintenance tricks that keep this important appliance operating in a way that won’t make you weep when you get your monthly utility bills. Keep your energy costs and your carbon footprint low this summer with these helpful practices:
Take Advantage Of Ceiling Fans
Turn on every ceiling fan in your home to help your ac unit work a little less. Ceiling fans don’t cost much to operate and keep the air throughout your home circulating so your air conditioning system does not have to use lots of energy to maintain a comfortable residence. Floor fans help as well. Depending on where you live, you may be able to use the fans only at night and give the system a rest.
Clean The Air Filter Regularly
Check and clean your system’s air filter about once a month and replace it as per your manufacturer’s guidelines. Air filters clogged with dirt, dust, and other debris seriously impede airflow to slow down air circulation and make your unit work extra hard. If you are not sure if the filter is dirty, hold it up to the light. Dirty filters do not let any light stream through.
Ensure Your Home Is Well-Sealed
Perform an air leak audit around your home, as any gaps, cracks, crevices, and holes allow cool air to escape into the summer heat. Use weather-stripping materials, caulk, and insulation as necessary to seal your home against air leaks. Not only will you enjoy a more efficient, comfortable residence year-round, you will also help prevent insects and vermin from becoming unwelcome guests.
Keep The Area Around The Unit Clean
Ensure the area around your outdoor unit is clear of leaves, brush, and other debris that can make it run hotter and increase your energy bills. Trim tree branches as well to create at least five feet of air space, and make certain there are not any shrubs encroaching on the unit. If the system is under direct sun, consider installing some type of canopy or awning over it to protect it from extreme heat and efficiency issues.
Ventilate Your Attic
Ventilate your attic if you haven’t already to lower your home’s internal temperature and give your air conditioner a break. Well-ventilated attics also prevent ice dams in the winter because hot air escapes your home instead of melting roof snow.