Biannual Air Conditioning and Heating Equipment Inspections
Biannual inspections by a qualified technician can keep your air conditioning system running at peak efficiency. An air conditioner that is not properly charged will have longer run cycles which results in higher utility cost. Longer run cycles from unmaintained AC systems shorten the life of equipment leading to an expensive repair or replacement.
Turn Off Your AC Unit When Mowing Near It
Be careful when mowing around or near the air conditioning condenser. If the outside condenser is running, any grass or dirt that is stirred up around the unit will be sucked into the air conditioning coil. Additionally, don’t blow any dead grass toward the unit whether it is running or not for the same reasons.Turning off the AC unit, while mowing, will prevent this from happening.
Look for a Unit with a High SEER Rating
The higher the SEER rating, the more energy efficient your air conditioning equipment is. As of January 2006, all air conditioners manufactured in the United States are required to have a SEER rating of 13, as mandated by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Install a Programmable Thermostat to Save Energy
Installing a programmable thermostat can help you save energy which of course means money. According to manufacturers, this savings can be as much as a third of the energy used. This of course depends on the individual. We have had good success with Honeywell programmable t-stats as they are reliable and are relatively easy to program. No need to worry about whether you remembered to turn down your air conditioner while you’re at work.
Change Air Filters Regularly
This is the simplest and most important thing that a homeowner can do to insure the proper performance and longevity of air conditioning and heating equipment. A clogged filter restricts air flow. When air flow is restricted, the air conditioner cannot work properly, putting stress on the equipment. This shortens the life of the air conditioning and heating equipment. Further, a dirty filter leads to a dirty air conditioning evaporator coil. Cleaning or replacement of the coil is expensive.
Wash the Outside Air Conditioning Condenser
This is another easy maintenance technique that can be addressed by the homeowner. The air conditioning coils are exposed to the elements and must be kept clean to function properly. Watch your air conditioning technician do this first and ask him for tips. The coils can be damaged easily so use proper care when the coils are washed.