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A good AC system can make all the difference inside your home. Even though you may have an excellent AC system already, there are always things you can do to increase the HVAC efficiency. Of course, those with an older AC system could benefit from tips like that too. So, without further ado, let us take a look at how you can make your AC system more efficient and functional.
1. Keep The Outdoor Condenser Unit Free
One of the most common problems that can make your air conditioning less efficient is a dirty or unkempt outdoor condenser unit. As this unit is placed outside, it is quite easy for dirt and debris to pile up around it. For example, leaves falling from the trees could start to gather around the unit and block some of the airflows. To ensure your indoor unit remains efficient, always make sure that the outdoor condenser unit is completely free of dirt and debris. Clear any fallen leaves or any shrubbery that could reduce the efficiency of your unit as soon as possible to avoid problems.
2. Keep Your Indoor Vents Maintained
Dust is always present in our home, even if you are very meticulous about cleanliness inside your home. Over time, dust can accumulate on the exterior of your air conditioning vents, and then eventually clog the inside of the system. To avoid this, always make sure you wipe down the vents and keep them free of dust and debris before it can make its way to the inside of your system.
3. Check Your Thermostat Settings
When you put your thermostat on a setting that is too low, you will make your AC work incredibly hard. While there is not anything wrong with that, it can cost you a lot more on the utility bill. As your system will also work a lot harder, it can start to show signs of wear and tear a lot earlier. So, by putting your thermostat a couple of degrees higher, you can spare your AC system a little.
4. Check The Area Where Your Thermostat Is In
The area where your thermostat is kept can have an influence on the efficiency of your air conditioning system. For example, if there are many appliances that radiate heat near your thermostat, then your air conditioning system will turn on more often than it actually has too. As a result, you will end up with some rooms that feel too cold and others that are still too warm. Therefore, always consider the installation location of your thermostat carefully.
5. Use Your Curtains
Many households solely rely on the thermostat and the AC system to keep their home cool, even during times of the year where temperatures are soaring. In doing so, they often forget about other useful methods they could use to keep the temperature down and save a little money on their AC operation in the process. One of the ways to keep some of the heat outsides is by closing your curtains when temperatures get considerably warmer. By closing the curtains, you block some of the heat from getting in and subsequently make your AC system work less.
6. Check Your Drain Lines
A blocked drain line can cause havoc on any AC system. Flushing your drain lines at least once a year or having them cleaned by a professional will, therefore, maintain the efficiency of your AC system. Also, if you believe you have a blocked drain line, do not run your AC until the problem has been fixed by a professional. Doing so could cause irreparable damage to your system.
7. Invest In A Dehumidifier
When temperatures get extremely warm, it is not uncommon for people to experience high humidity in their home. In fact, this humidity can often be more disturbing than the heat itself. While the first reaction would be to turn the air conditioning up, it can be more efficient to invest in a decent dehumidifier. Dehumidifying the air will not only make your home more comfortable, but it also eliminates the need for turning the air conditioning up.
8. Place The Condenser In A Shady Spot
We already mentioned the importance of keeping your outdoor condenser free of dirt and debris. However, the actual location of the condenser is important too. If the condenser is placed in a sunny location, it could actually reduce its efficiency. So, always make sure the installation of your condenser happens in a shaded spot.
9. Replace The Filter
Filters can easily get clogged with dirt and debris over time. In turn, this can seriously reduce the airflow and make your AC a lot less efficient. Now, you can replace the filter yourself, or make sure that the filter is being replaced every year during your AC’s annual maintenance appointment.
10. Consider A Zoning System
It is not uncommon for certain rooms to be warmer than others, even with an efficient air conditioning system. Evidently, turning up the AC for a single room is not very cost-efficient. Fortunately, there is a solution in the form of an AC zoning system. The zoning system divides your AC according to various rooms and areas, ensuring they all have the right temperature without wasting energy on rooms that do not need it.
When you want to make your AC more efficient, the tips we mentioned above will become extremely useful. However, we do need to mention that a check by a professional AC Technician can bring many solutions too. So, if your AC is still less than efficient despite implementing these tips, be sure to contact a professional at Armstrong Air for some solutions.