With summer just around the corner, now is the time to ensure that your air conditioner is running properly. Nobody wants to get caught in a sweltering hot house on a mid-summer day, with no relief in sight. There are so many ways to maximize the life and performance of your home’s air conditioning unit. Check out these tips for getting the most out of your summertime indoor comfort.
3 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Air Conditioner
Size is Everything
A misconception that many homeowners make is that larger air conditioning units, provide better comfort control. This is not the case. It is imperative that the air conditioning system installed in your home is properly sized to meet manufacturer’s specifications for the heat loads in that specific home. It is equally as important to ensure the ductwork is designed properly and adequately to handle the conditioned air that is going into the air distribution system. A qualified HVAC professional can work with you to ensure that every component in your air conditioner is operating efficiently and effectively in regards to the size of your home.
Reduce Operating Costs
It’s no secret that summer cooling costs can quickly break the bank. In addition to ensuring your air conditioner is the correct size, reducing energy costs can be done in a variety of ways. It is recommended that once you turn your air conditioner on, you leave it on. Flipping it from on to off and back again is a waste of energy, and will cost you money. In addition to leaving the AC on, we recommend keeping the fan on your unit turned on as well. The fan is what distributes air throughout your home, creating an even cycle of air flow. Moving the air continuously prevents your unit from turning off and on frequently and creates a higher indoor air quality which in the long run saves you money.
Summer is not the time to have your air conditioner checked for maximum functionality. Annual maintenance is recommended by the manufacturer to ensure the best quality of comfort control throughout the summer months. Routine tune-ups can be done before the cooling season begins early spring, or after the cooling season ends in late September. It is encouraged that you establish a maintenance schedule and have your air conditioning unit evaluated at least once a year, around the same time each year.
Keep money in your pockets, and the heat out of your home this summer by scheduling a comprehensive air conditioning maintenance review with a certified HVAC professional.