These tips will keep your AC running all summer long
The scorching heat of summer will have your air conditioning unit working hard to keep your home comfy and cool. But, it needs a little help from you to ensure that it keeps running efficiently and effectively all season long.
Here some some easy ways that you can help your AC unit run at optimum performance.
Ways you can help your AC unit keep you cool
Check your filter
We’ve said it before, and we will say it again. Changing a dirty air filter is one of the easiest and most effective methods of conserving energy and saving money. It really is a win-win!
During the summer months dust and allergens circulate and settle. If the filter of your air conditioning unit becomes clogged, your system works harder to supply the same amount of cool air.
Keep your AC unit in the dark
Air in the shade is cooler than surrounding air, so proper shading will help your air conditioner more efficiently.
Don’t let your thermostat get heated
The thermostat in your home senses heat and will run longer than needed if placed near heat-producing appliances such as lamps and televisions. It’s also a good idea to make sure that the thermostat is placed in a location that doesn’t get direct sunlight.
Get breezy with fans
If you have ceiling fans in your home, switch them to run counterclockwise during the summer months. This will push cool air down, helping to create a cooler space, and save you some money on air conditioning costs.
Clean up debris
If you haven’t already gotten around to your spring yard work, now is the time to get it done. Especially around an outdoor air conditioning unit. Plants, shrubs, and other landscaping should be kept 2 to 4 feet away from any outdoor HVAC unit to ensure that there is adequate airflow.
It’s also a smart idea to keep the concrete and rocky landscaping to a minimum on the sunniest sides of your home.
If landscaping with plenty of asphalt, cement, and rocks isn’t shaded, it will increase the temperature around your home and radiate heat.
Don’t cool the neighbourhood
It’s important to be a good neighbour, but that doesn’t mean you need to share your cool indoor air!
To maintain a comfortable home, you want cold air to stay in and hot air to stay out (or vice-versa in the winter). Whatever the weather, basic weatherization can help prevent air loss.
Make sure that any air leaks are sealed with caulking and weather-stripping. Also make sure that your home is well insulated—taking the time to add insulation around air conditioning ducts if you don’t already have it.
Think about upgrading
If your air conditioner is old, it might not be running at full capacity. If your unit is on the older side, consider replacing your unit with an energy-efficient model—they use less energy and will save you money over time.
When replacing your AC unit, it’s important to make sure that it’s properly sized for your home. If you end up with a model that is too large, it will cycle on and off and reduce the efficiency of the system. Get in touch with a certified technician—like one of us—to help you find the right sized air conditioner for your home.
A smart thermostat ensures accurate temperature control throughout your home all hours of the day. No more cooling your home when you aren’t even there to enjoy it!
Consider investing in a smart thermostat that you can program to run only when you need it to run. There are plenty of options—depending on how tech savvy you are and want to be—so be sure to ask us which thermostat will work best for your needs.
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