How to Improve the Efficiency of Central AC Units

You love your central AC unit. It gets you through the hot and humid summer comfortably. There things you can do to improve its efficiency so it keeps you cool and costs you less.

Keep Your AC Healthy
The best way to keep central ac units running smoothly is to keep them clean. Keep the area around your outdoor condenser unit free and clear of debris. Leaves, sticks, grass, weeds and even toys can accumulate near the unit. Remove them. A clean and clear condenser works more efficiently. Clear your drain line that’s usually mounted near your furnace. If your drain line is blocked, your basement is at risk for getting wet. Finally, insulate any ductwork that’s exposed to warming elements. Sometimes portions of these ducts can run through areas of your home that are not cooled. Insulating them will keep the air in them cool.

Energy Tips
There are lots of things you can do inside your home as well. Vacuum your indoor vents and make sure nothing is blocking them. Furniture, toys and curtains can keep the cool air from getting to you. To save energy, adjusting your thermostat can go a long way. As little as five degrees can help you save money. Programmable thermostats are a great way to keep your home cool, while not taxing your system during the hours you’re not home. Keep your curtains or blinds closed when the sun is beating in. If your house isn’t warming up, the AC doesn’t need to kick on. Finally, keep your lamps and any appliance that produces heat away from your thermostat. If your thermostat detects heat from these items, it will think your whole house is hot and the air conditioning will be triggered.

Keeping Cool
Keeping cool doesn’t have to be expensive. There are many ways to help your air conditioner run efficiently and cost effectively. Remember that routine maintenance goes a long way not only to efficiency but to the life of your system. Central AC Units should also be checked by a professional at least once a year. They’ll make sure your equipment and all the connections and ductwork are ready to handle the summer season.

If you need routine maintenance or special repairs for your air conditioning system, R.A. Heating can get the job done right. Contact R A Heating to learn about their services.

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