Since your heating and cooling usage can total over half of your total utility expenses, it’s important that your HVAC system is running as efficiently as possible. And with spring here and summer on its way, now is the time to perform some simple improvements to help your A/C system run as smoothly as possible before those hot summer days arrive. Read on to learn some simple, cost-effective ways to improve the efficiency of your A/C unit.
Keep The Unit Clean
If you have a central A/C unit located outside, it can get pretty dirty. And after the winter, there’s often a build-up of dirt and debris left around the condenser unit. This must be cleaned in order to ensure that it runs efficiently. In addition to the outdoor unit, you must also ensure that the indoor vents are vacuumed and cleaned to remove any dust. Any debris blocking the vents will prevent effective airflow. So always take the time to clear away any debris and dust surrounding the outdoor unit and indoor vents.
Use A Programmable Thermostat To Adjust Temperature
Often, our HVAC system is set higher than it needs to be. By using a programmable thermostat, it can automatically adjust the temperature at different times throughout the day, which can lower your energy usage and your monthly bills. So for example, during the winter, the temperature can be lowered when no one is home, and set to kick on when someone is. Alternatively, during the summer, the same can be applied for the A/C.
Ensure There Are No Air Leaks
Air leaks throughout your home are a common culprit for allowing that cool air to seep outside, while allowing that hot summer air inside. It is crucial to ensure that there are no air leaks throughout your home. You can feel around for these more easily throughout the winter when you experience sharp cold drafts. Once identified, these can be fixed with a specialized duct-sealing tape. However, having a professional HVAC company to repair any leaks is recommended.
Clear The Drain Line
Air conditioner units have a drain line that prevents water from accumulating and causing damage. This drain line must be cleared out in order to allow the unit to work efficiently. This can be done by flushing one cup of chlorine bleach down the A/C drain that’s located by the indoor cooling coil. Rinse the line after by pouring a gallon of water down as well. Perform this flush a few times throughout the summer.
Avoid Using Oven Or Dryer During The Heat
Finally, you can avoid having to crank up the A/C so much by avoiding the oven and dryer during those peak, hot afternoons. Try to avoid using them during extremely hot days, and keep usage set during the cooler evenings or early mornings if necessary.
Help your A/C unit run efficiently this coming summer by performing some of these simple tasks now.