It’s important to have an air conditioner in your home if the weather is hot and humid. An air conditioner can help keep the temperature inside your home at a comfortable level, so you can enjoy yourself instead of always feeling hot and uncomfortable. There are ways to make your air conditioner more efficient, and these are a few of the best ways.
The most important step is getting the right unit to start with. There are different types to pick from and depending on certain factors, such as the size of your home, your available budget, and personal preferences, you can find the right one for your home. The tower units work well if you have a lot of floor space available, for instance in a larger home. These work very quickly but aren’t ideal if you live in a smaller home or apartment. These are suitable for high capacity cooling and do not require window or wall installation in most cases. With the cassette units, these are much smaller and ideal if you want to save space. They are also able to cool large areas where other types are unable to, and they blend well with the decor in any home, almost unnoticeable. There are also the inverter units, also known as split AC units, which have an internal and external unit. The internal unit is installed inside a room while the external unit is installed somewhere on the outside of the house. This saves space but does take more time than most other units for installation. The window units are one of the more popular types, suitable for all spaces and only using up the space in one window of your home. There is minimal effort needed for installation and they are also more affordable overall in comparison to other types.
No matter which type of unit you decide on, there are ways to make it more efficient. One way of making your unit more efficient is to change the filter in your unit monthly. This is a step that many people neglect, but it’s one of the most important if you want to keep your unit as energy efficient as possible. Especially if you’re running the unit every day, the filter is going to get dirty and may become clogged. Dirty filters make your unit work harder to circulate air, using more energy as a result.
You can also have your unit inspected by a professional service technician. They can check the different parts of the unit and make sure it’s working properly, and tell you of any problems if necessary. If your air conditioner isn’t functioning properly, it could be using up unnecessary energy and costing you more money as a result. You will likely have to pay for the services of the technician, but it’s a good investment to make sure your unit is working properly.
Another idea is to make sure there is no obstruction around your appliance. If you have a table, clothing or other items in front of the unit, this is preventing it from circulating air properly and using up more energy to work as a result. Always ensure there is a clear path around the perimeter of your unit, especially at the front where the vents are. For external units, you may need to prune plant growth or otherwise deal with items blocking the unit outside.
Cleaning the coils is another important step to keep your unit clean and ensure it is working at full capacity. Dirty coils can reduce your unit’s performance by up to ten percent, which can cost you a great deal on your energy bill. Even if you do this once every couple of months, it’s going to make a big difference and doesn’t take that long to do. Use some warm, soapy water and a rag, or for any tougher stains use an old toothbrush. For external units, a garden hose can be helpful here. Make sure you turn the power off before cleaning your unit, to prevent injury or potentially damaging your unit.
With these tips in mind, you can make the most of your AC unit and you should notice a significant drop on your energy bill at the end of the month.