If you want your air conditioner to do its job and keep you cool all summer, it’s important to maintain it properly. The following 7 actions will keep your A/C running well while lowering your energy bills.
1. Keep Your A/C Clean
Your A/C will operate more efficiently if you keep it clean. Dust and debris get into the unit during everyday use so it’s necessary to clean both the interior and exterior portions. To clean the unit’s fins may require you to remove a protective box. Read the manual to make sure you do this safely. You can then clean the fins using a soft bristle brush. You can also get fin combs made especially to clean fins on smaller units. Perform this task carefully and make sure you don’t damage the fins.
2. Install a Programmable or Smart Thermostat
A programmable thermostat makes it easy to set your A/C to the desired temperature at different times of the day. You might, for example, set the temperature higher when you go to bed. Smart thermostats take this a step further, allowing you to program the temperature from a smartphone or tablet.
3. Check Your Air Filters
Air filters play a major role in keeping your A/C performing its best. When these filters get clogged, your A/C has to work harder to maintain cool temperatures. You should check air filters regularly, preferably once per month during the summer. You can easily replace air filters with new ones made for your make and model.
4. Leave the A/C on When You’re Out
Some people believe they are saving power by shutting off the A/C when they go out or go away on vacation. In truth, you end up wasting energy because the unit has to work harder when you turn it on again. Additionally, if the house gets too warm it may be harmful to furniture, appliances, plants or pets. You can set it higher than normal when you’re out but don’t turn it off entirely.
5. Set the Fan to Auto
Your fan setting can be set to either “on” or “auto.” If you set it to ON, it will run constantly. Setting the fan setting to Auto helps you save energy. This setting prevents the A/C from running continuously. When it’s set to auto, it will only run until it reaches the desired temperature.
6. Clean the Condenser Coil
If you want your A/C to run efficiently all summer, make sure you clean the exterior condenser coil. The best time to do this is early in the season before you run the unit. First, remove and debris with a coil brush. If you notice that coils are damaged, it’s best to call a professional as you may need to replace them. You can use coil cleaner and a garden hose to clean the condenser coil. Be sure to turn off power to the unit before you begin.
7. Use Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are an extremely efficient way to supplement your A/C and reduce its workload. You may find that when it’s not too hot that a ceiling fan is all you need to keep a room cool. Even when your A/C is on, you’ll find that a ceiling fan enhances the cooling function.
These are some of the best ways to ensure your A/C keeps you as cool as possible. If you consistently maintain your A/C, you’ll enjoy greater comfort and lower energy bills. You’ll also prolong the life of your unit.