Most people look forward to summer to enjoy the long afternoons on the beach, pool parties, or sunset barbeques. However, you can’t withstand the heat for so long, and working, sleeping, or living in such conditions may be somewhat uncomfortable. An air conditioning unit is essential in maintaining good indoor air quality.
On hotter summer days, the outdoor temperature is very high, making it harder for the system to eject indoor heat. It thus needs to work extra hard to give the desired effects. As a result, it consumes more energy resulting in higher utility bills. Luckily, here are useful tactics that you can use to run your air conditioner better at a lower cost as the temperature rises.
Service Your Unit
First, schedule an appointment with a HAVC professional to inspect and fix your unit before summer hits. He will help identify any issue that could affect efficiency, make adjustments, and clean the system. The maintenance services extend the life of your air conditioning system and reduce utility bills.
Clean The Outdoor Unit
For your system to operate satisfactorily, the outdoor units require free and unobstructed air circulation. When blocked by debris or overgrown vegetation, it tends to work harder and uses up more energy.
Hence, it would be best to cut the tall grass, sweep off any leaves, and uproot weeds that grow around the unit. Besides making your home look attractive, it improves your system’s efficiency.
Insulate The Ductwork
Ensure that the ductwork is sealed so that it doesn’t leak your conditioned air. You can fix it using duct-sealing tape, but seek professional help for extensive damages. Also, cover up any exposed part of the duct. If it gets into contact with hotter elements, the cold air in the duct might warm up before it gets into your room.
Increase Temperature On The Thermostat
Making adjustments in your thermostat’s temperature will help you save on both energy and money. Increase it by five to eight degrees during the summer months. On the other hand, your thermostat placement dramatically affects how well your air conditioning system will work.
Avoid placing it near heat-producing equipment like lamps or next to a hot window. It quickly senses the heat, and your unit will think that the room is scorching than it is; thus, it runs longer.
Additionally, it would be wise to invest in a smart thermostat that automatically adjusts the temperature to save energy. It can even detect the absence or presence of people in the room to lower or raise the temperature as required. You can still connect it with wifi if you wish to adjust the temperature remotely from your device.
Keep Curtains, Windows And Blinds Closed
When the sun shines directly into your house during hot summer days, it heats the indoor air. Close the windows, blinds, and curtains to block the direct entry of sun radiation. It protects your system from having to work too hard. Besides, it insulates the window so that the cold air from your unit won’t escape ensuring that your house remains cool all day long.
Fix Any Leaks
Further, seal any openings from the doors, windows, attics, or ceiling. It prevents warm air from leaking into the house and cold air from escaping. Remember that your system will need to work more to compensate for the lost air. You can apply weather stripping or caulking on these cracks, or you can opt to invest in energy-efficient windows.
Clean And Change The Filters
During summer, dust and allergens regularly rotate and can easily clog your filters. If you fail to address this, it may result in expensive repairs in the future. Hence, ensure that you check the filters very often. You also need to replace them after six months or three if you reside in very dusty areas or keep shedding pets.
Keep The A/C In A Shade
The summer heat may cause huge impacts on the outdoor unit. Thus, keep the outside condenser in the shade to give your AC an easier time to cool the air. However, be careful so as not to block airflow.
Install A Ceiling Fan
A ceiling fan works perfectly together with the air conditioning unit. It helps recirculate the cold air to create a wind-chill effect for maximum comfort. You will feel more relaxed if the air room circulates freely, even if the house is a bit hot.
Clean The Indoor Vent
You need to continually check on the vents to ensure that no debris blocks airflow. They help distribute the cold air throughout the house, and once clogged, you have to run your unit longer. Vacuum them often and keep away items that could block the vents impeding airflow.
Clear The Drain Line
You also need to keep the drain line clear. Once blocked, it causes severe problems in your unit. You will find it next to the unit’s indoor cooling coil above the furnace, most likely in the basement. To clean it, flush a cup of chlorine bleach into the drain line and rinse it with enough water.
Avoid Using Heat Emitting Machines During The Day
Some equipment produces vast amounts of heat that contribute to additional warmth in your house. Your system will thus have to work more for longer hours. To prevent that, use those appliances when the sun goes down to ease your unit’s workload. The equipment includes;
- Washing machine
Upgrade Your Unit
After using all the above solutions and your system still seem ineffective, it might be time to upgrade. Consider replacing your older unit with a more energy-efficient one that uses less energy to save on cooling costs. Some models even allow you to individualize temperature control in various rooms.
As the hot season draws closer, it would be best to prepare your system for the work ahead. Like all running machines, your air conditioning system requires regular maintenance. Remember to clean the filters and drains and allow unobstructed airflow into the unit. Hopefully, the above guide will help your system operate efficiently throughout the summer without spending a lot of money.