With much of the country in the grips of a massive heat wave, many people who have air conditioners (AC) in their homes are running them overtime. These extreme outdoor air temperatures present a significant challenge to AC systems, which engineers and installers say are only designed to keep indoor temperatures about 20 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than outside. With temperatures in many parts of the U.S. in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit, that can pose a big problem.
Experts offer tips on how to maximize your air conditioner’s performance.
Close Windows and Doors
This might seem obvious, and let’s assume you think you have shut your windows and doors, but what about those rooms you never go into? Could a window be cracked open?
What often happens is that windows do not have good seals and air is escaping. Check the base of doors as well. Do a review and fix where necessary.
Plugging Leaks In General
Once you have checked the windows and doors, keep going. What about air-leaks in the attic. When was the last time you went up there? It’s time…
Program Your Thermostat
Experts tell us that homeowners often do not know that they can program their thermostats. If you are gone all day, there is no reason for you to be taxing your air conditioning system.
Make Sure The Condenser is Shaded
An air conditioner’s condenser is the outdoor component of your air conditioning unit that is responsible for the condensation process that releases heat. If it is in the sun, it will become overworked.
Maximize Airflow Around Your Air Condenser
In addition to shade, your condenser should have good airflow. This applies to outdoor units, of course, but inside make sure you have great air-flow as well.
Change The Filter
Various air conditioners and systems have different needs and filters. What they have in common is that the filter must be changed regularly. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations and follow through.
Do Not Use Registers for Temperature Control
Registers can help aim air, but they are not meant to be closed off, and doing so can damage your cooling system. This applies to vents on units themselves, as well as floor and wall vents.
Closing vents can build up pressure in the system, which can overheat and crack parts of the equipment. Closing or blocking vents can also freeze the evaporator coil, leading to the refrigerant being unable to return to the compressor, eventually causing it to break down.
Consider Zoning Systems
This is a long term solution, but if you consistently find you have different cooling needs in different parts of the house, you should consider looking into zoning systems. This gives you specialized control for each room/area in your house.
How Old Is Your Window Unit?
The average lifespan of a window unit air conditioner is between 5 to 8 years, with an average of 7 years 1. The actual lifespan depends on the usage, maintenance, location, and efficiency of the unit. For instance, if you have not changed the filter regularly, that will lessen the years it remains operable.
How “Large” Is Your Air Conditioner?
Air conditioners come in various sizes, which are to be matched to the area needed to be cooled. If you have a larger area and are trying to cool it with an air conditioner that is meant for a smaller space, that will result in a less-than-cool living area.
Maintain Your Air Conditioner For Optimal Performance
Here is your checklist for maintaining your AC unit, for maximum cooling.
- Schedule regular HVAC maintenance checks, where a technician will clean and inspect the unit and perform any repairs.
- Change the filter regularly, at least once a month or once a quarter, to remove dust, dirt, and other particles.
- Clean the vents with a vacuum hose and a damp washcloth before you start your AC for the first time in a season.
- Clean the coils on your air conditioner’s condenser, which are exposed to the elements and can collect leaves, dirt, dust, and insects.
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