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Tips to Get the Most from Your AC System

Regardless of if your air conditioner is working longer and harder to keep your home cool, or if the system isn’t cooling things properly, you may wonder what steps you can do to improve the effect and efficiency of your system. The good news is, there are several steps you can take to ensure your system works better and more efficiently, regardless of the temperature outside.

The Air Filter

While you have likely heard this advice time and time again, it is so important that it has to be on this list. You have to change your air conditioner’s filter regularly. The frequency that you must change the filter will depend on the type you purchase, and the dust/pet situation in your home. Make sure to check it regularly and change it to maintain efficiency and cooling power. Even a brand new furnace/AC can be destroyed in one season with no filter changes.

Check the Coils

The coils on your air conditioning system are also a vital component when it comes to performance. You need to make sure the coils are clean, since dirt can act like an insulation on the heat exchanger coils. When this happens, the system has to work harder to cool the home. You can rinse the coils with water first and if that doesn’t work, purchase an AC coil cleaner.

Check for Refrigerant Leaks

This will usually require the help of the professionals; however, if you begin to notice that your AC is taking longer to generate cool air than it did a month ago, you may be dealing with a refrigerant leak. Don’t ignore this problem, as it is only going to lead to higher electrical costs and an uncomfortable home. Also, you should not try to add refrigerant to the system yourself, as this is going to be pointless if there is a leak present.

Consider the System’s Location

If you have a choice of where your AC system is installed, try to put it in a shaded area. This will minimize the amount of work it has to do to cool your home. Also, make sure there isn’t any brush or debris directly around the exterior system. This can lead to a number of issues, including the system having to work harder to cool your home. A good rule of thumb is to have approximately one to two feet of space around all sides of the unit. This will prevent obstructions from plant life and other items.

General Tips for AC Efficiency

There are a few other tips that can help you save money and ensure your home remains cool, which include:

  • Turn off kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans when they aren’t needed since they send cooled air outside.
  • Close the door to any rooms that aren’t in use.
  • When temperatures are high outside turn off any appliances that are going to generate additional heat, such as the oven.
  • Have the system serviced regularly.

As you can see, there are quite a few steps you can take to help improve the efficiency of your AC system. Keep this in mind when to save money and enjoy a cool and comfortable home.

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