Summer is in full swing, with the heat flirting with triple digits much of the time, Texas homeowners are always interested in hearing how they can improve their air conditioning. If you’re wondering how you can make your air conditioner colder, consider using some of these tips to help your cooling system work more efficiently.
- Spray down the unit: Take a few minutes every other week to spray down the condenser unit. Due to the buildup of dust and grime, your air conditioner may not be working at optimum performance. Before spraying down the air conditioner, make sure to flip the breaker in order to avoid any possibility of creating a short in the system. Once you have sprayed off the unit, give the dampness a few minutes to evaporate and then flip the switch back into the “on” position.
- Change your filters: You might ask how you can make your air conditioner colder without spending a lot; one simple but highly effective way is replacing air filters when they get dirty. Inspecting them monthly, and replacing them when they look dirty, will reduce strain on your system – a dirty air filter will make your air conditioner work harder and require more energy.
- Check your air seals: Make sure that all of the doors and windows within your home are properly sealed. Check for any area where you detect air coming in. If you see light, there’s a leak. You can also patrol the inside of your home’s exterior walls with an incense stick, and look for places where the smoke wavers, signaling an air leak. Depending on the situation, weatherstripping, spray foam and caulking are effective sealants for air leaks.
- Use a fan: Installing ceiling fans in every room, adding spot ventilation over the stove and in bathrooms, and installing an attic fan can help remove the heat from indoors and help circulate air. Ceiling fans work well to make the room feel three or four degrees cooler and allow you to raise the thermostat by that amount without losing comfort.
To find out more cooling tips for your home, please contact us at Davis Air Conditioning and Heating, serving the Greater Houston Area since 1971.