You probably depend on your A/C a lot during the warmer months to keep your home cool and comfortable. There are a few steps you can take to maximize the efficiency of the system during peak-season. Here are a few tips to help your A/C run colder and to avoid costly breakdowns.
- Rinse off the outside of your compressor unit with the water hose. Dust and debris can collect on the outside of the unit, impeding the transfer of heat from the the inside to the outside. This can make your unit less efficient. Rinsing the unit is a quick and simple way to increase efficiency.
- Keep a clean filter in your system. Changing your filter at least once a month can make a significant difference in the performance of the system. A dirty filter can impede the flow of air, making your unit run harder and hotter. This wastes energy and means your home isn’t getting as cool as it should. Changing the filter is also a good way to maintain healthy clean air for your family to breathe.
- Check for air leaks. The windows and doors in your home may have cracks around them that let the cool air leak out. This will make your home warmer and make your A/C run more than it needs to. Check around all windows and doors for proper sealing. Caulk and weather stripping is usually enough to seal the cracks.
- Invest in ceiling fans. Ceiling fans can help supplement the cooling effect of your A/C system by circulating air. The “breeze” effect of a ceiling fan can also help keep you cool because moving air helps your body get rid of excess heat much better than stationary air. Fans are a good way save on energy costs, too.
For expert help with keeping a smooth running HVAC system, please contact us at Davis Air Conditioning and Heating, Inc. We have been serving Houston and the surrounding areas since 1971. Our expert team can answer all your heating and cooling questions, and offer additional tips to help your A/C run colder.
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