Two months from now, winter would come to an end and there will a time when we will be needing our air-conditioners again. However, as bills cram up the empty spaces of our minds, here are some cost-effective ways to make the best use of your air conditioning systems. In this article, we have cost-free suggestions for keeping your air conditioning systems healthy in the unbearable hot weather.
It is not always necessary to invest a lot of money in maintaining the air conditioning system. What basically needs to be assessed is the understanding of the HVAC system.
7 Essential tips for improving air conditioning efficiency:
- Cleaning the adjacent areas of the outdoor condenser unit: Most of the times, owners pay no heed to the outdoor condenser unit. This is a drawback, as debris around the condenser hinders the functioning of the unit. Dispose of the bird’s feathers, leaves and other such trash from the housing of the unit, ensuring appreciable clearance of obstacles. To conduct a thorough, detailed cleaning of your condenser unit, you should hire a professional.
- To vacuum the indoor vents and unblocking them: A steady airflow can be maintained only if the vents are made clear to allow smooth passage. Vacuum dust and debris from vents and to avoid their blocking keep blinds, toys and furniture at a distance. Cleaning air filters prevent slow circulation of the air. Replace with new filters without hesitation, if it is required, preferably monthly. Ventilation fans should also be kept open properly. A “fin comb” can be purchased for better ventilation.
- Adjusting the thermostat temperature: Money, power and energy can be saved by temperature adjustments of the air conditioning system, by five to eight degrees, which means increasing in the summer season and decreasing in the winters. About nine per cent of savings can be profited from each degree of raising the thermostat during summer.
4. Keeping heat emitting appliances such as lamps and others away: The thermostat must be kept away from heat producing devices as the heat would mean to the thermostat that it needs to keep the air in the house cooled. This would lead to longer and harder work conducted by it than it is required. Also, using insulating unit ducts should be used to increase energy savings. Ducts can be kept in fibreglass wrapping for insulation.
5. Closing the blinds: Keeping the blinds closed would prevent heating of the room and the thermostat would work as it is required to, without getting heated more than it is required. Either natural shade like an overhead tree or by the installation of a shed or a cover over the unit would prevent the heat of the sun.
6. Cleaning the drain line and shading the unit: Beside the coil for indoor cooling of the air conditioning, there is a coil that is placed above the furnace of the basement. This needs to be cleaned by flushing a cup of bleach of chlorine down the line, followed by rinsing with a gallon of water. This saves the basement from taking on the water when blocking the drain takes place.
7.Avoiding the use of dryer and oven: This needs to be avoided in the hottest hours of the day. The dryer draws more warm air in the house, while the oven leads to the adding up of warmer air in the house pressurizing the thermostat.
It is advisable that a professional should be hired every six months to realize the efficiency of the connections of the equipment and ductwork so that the air conditioning system does not fail working when it is required the most.